The Queer Story Archive

Welcome. is a trans and queer positive website and home to The Queer Story Archive – an ever expanding collection of personal experience stories from everyone under the rainbow and the people who love us.(Just scroll down)
We maintain Resource Listings local to BC, Canada.
We are also the proud developers of a series of workshops created in partnership with Artemis Place based on some of the personal experience stories from the archive. The goal of the workshops is to build awareness and understanding of gender, sexuality and human rights issues to support trans, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming inclusion.

134 Shaan

Shaan is a trans person of Jewish and Roma heritage. His mixed identity led him to create a series of oral history archives about LGBTQI people with different faiths and racial backgrounds. His latest project Rainbow Pilgrims explores the stories of LGBTQI migrants living in the UK. Through these stories Shaan was able to realize his own identity and fully transition. Shaan currently works in London as a heritage manager and is looking forward to continuing to collect oral histories of LGBTQI people.
Find out more about Shaan’s projects at:,,, And you can find the Twilight People App on Google Play.

Shaan’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference in 2018, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria. The MTHF conference graciously allowed to record stories on site during the conference. also recorded stories at the MTHF 2014 and 2016 conferences.

133 Harlan

Harlan is a member of the Saddle Lake Reserve, White Fish Lake Band of The Cree First Nation, and grew up up on his mother’s reserve, The Beaver Lake Indian Reserve. Harlan describes his experience of growing up a “sissy boy Indian” (his term) and how these fundamental characteristics have developed into the foundation of his strengths. Harlan is an avid advocate and activist for Two-Spirit people. While living in New York he founded the North East Two Spirit Society. Harlan is also the founder and managing editor of the Two spirit Website: He has served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV and AIDS (Obama appointed). Currently Harlan is a PhD Candidate at UBC doing Two-Spirit research and is developing the first Two Spirit childrens book entitled: Grandma Susie Can’t Go Hunting

Harlan’s story is one of a series of stories recorded in conjunction with the Gender Ally project. In partnership with Artemis Place Alternative High School in Victoria, has developed a series of 15 workshops on Trans, Two-Spirit and Gender non-conforming inclusion. All workshop videos are viewable online, and all workshop materials are free to download. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Victoria Foundation on the project.

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This is not junkmail… We are in the process of updating our mailing list and transferring those on the existing mailing lists into member accounts on the WordPress website. With this account you will receive an automatic email whenever a new post is put up at It will also allow you to leave comments on the posts when you’re signed in.
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Erica is a trans woman who talks about her personal struggle with gender identity and internalized transphobia. After denying her gender for many years she began transition in her early 50’s. As a successful business woman in Minneapolis, she feels it is important to give back to her community and support others. Since transitioning she has become involved with many charitable organizations.

Erica’s story is one of a series of stories collected at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, put on by the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria in March of 2016. The MTHF conference graciously allowed to record stories on site during the conference. also be recorded stories at the MTHF 2014 and 2018 conferences.