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Transgender History Archive

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35 minutes

.2 miles

From 604 Pacific Street to 604 Pacific Street

Koomah interviews Cristan Williams, president of the Transgender Foundation of America, for an in depth, informational and historic tour of the stories beneath the artifacts at the TG Center Archive.

The Houston TG Center is truly unique; it is first of it’s kind in history and currently the only center of it’s kind known to be in existence anywhere in the world. The TG Center houses the Transgender History Archive, which is the only known Transgender History Archive that is open and viewable to the public. The library includes both the most current information on transgender issues as well as delicate books that are hundreds of years old. Some of the literary materials include journals, studies, biographies, magazines and more, both current and obscure (some dating back to 1750). The archive also includes objects from various cultures from Asia, Africa and Europe, original newspapers of transgender related articles from the early 1700s, rare transgender books dating back to the 1600s, original transgender photos (some dating pre-Civil War), and other transgender artifacts dating back as far as the Roman Empire.


Koomah is an artist, performance artist, and all around creative being residing in Houston, Texas. A queer, transgender, and intersex-bodied individual, Koomah's art and performance usually centers around issues of gender, sexuality, and gender variant identities/expressions. Koomah is an active local fundraiser for the queer and transgender community and an educator of gender and sexuality at colleges, panels, and conferences.


Jack Silverman

Tour Photographer

Jack Silverman is a Houston area photographer and artist originally from San Antonio, Texas. Actively doing photography since 2002, he has developed his own unique style of photography consisting of bold experimental, dark glam, macabre, and high fashion styles. Jack has done photography work at locations around Houston and abroad in France, Mexico, and Germany. Jack is the owner of Schadenfreude Photography.