Bio


Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in Texas and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable health care for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. She has published work in academic journals, short stories in anthologies, and has written numerous articles for both print and digital magazines. She had received numerous awards for both her advocacy and has presented at universities throughout the nation. Cristan serves on several HIV prevention organizations, is the Editor of the TransAdvocate, and is the founder of the Transgender Foundation of America. Williams works in public health and moonlights as a web designer.

Abortion Clinic Defense


Trans History



TransHistory has been an interest of mine for some time. I started the Trans Archives in Houston and recently rewrote some trans history with the discovery of significant usage of the term "transgender" throughout the 1970s and, with the help of Dr. Rawson, discovered the earliest known usage of the term. Dr. Milton Diamond referred to my historical research as being "…extremely valuable not only to me but to the many researchers who strive for accuracy.  Your work has certainly opened my eyes and corrected for me many misconceptions…" and trans activist and author, Kate Bornstein called my research a "must read" for those in gender studies. Both Dallas Denny and Susan Stryker claim to be fans of my research and Jamison Green called it "brilliant." For more on my personal blog posts concerning TransHistory, click here.

Historical Exploration



One of my hobbies is exploring historical areas - especially if that historical area has been forgotten. I've researched, explored and documented so-called haunted houses, pirate strongholds, snake-oil "medicinal" springs, forgotten and abused mass graves and more. Here's a few of my explorations: