Trans and Queer Wellness Resources

The health and wellbeing of trans and queer youth of color is central to what we do every day in the GSA movement—whether that’s organizing for justice, creating safe spaces in schools, or advocating for comprehensive sex education.

Taking care of ourselves and those around us is integral to a thriving movement and our own personal wellbeing. In the face of a global pandemic, it is now more important than ever to find time to center ourselves and build a strong community of support. 

Wellness encompasses a wide variety of activities, from art to music to reflective exercises. The Trans & Queer Wellness Resources page was developed specifically for trans and queer youth of color who are working to create change in their schools and communities while balancing their physical and mental wellness. 

Every day is a good day for wellness!

For more #WellnessWednesday resources, check out our Instagram page!

Check out our *new* Trans Joy Zine!

Recommended Readings

  • Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion edited by Ryan Conrad
  • All About Love: A New Vision by bell hooks
  • All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some Of Us Are Brave by Gloria T. Hull
  • Are Prisons Obsolete by Angela Davis
  • Assata, an Autobiography
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Beyond the Gender Binary by Alok Vaid-Menon
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex edited by Eric A. Stanley & Nat Smith, foreword by CeCeMcDonald
  • Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Maree Brown
  • The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and The Foundations of Movement by Angela Davis
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
  • Stay Solid!: A Radical Handbook for Youth by Matt Hern
  • Transgender History by Susan Stryker
  • Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements by Charlene A. Carruthers
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Fun/relaxing activities

Thought-provoking activities

Guided Meditations/Discussions


  • Screaming Queens
  • Major!
  • Paris is Burning
  • Disclosure
  • Brother Outsider
  • I Am Not Your Negro

Happy Queer Movies

  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Saving Face
  • Moonlight
  • The Half of It
  • Akron
  • Naz and Maalik

Additional Resources/Tips