In 2016, Sociologists for Trans Justice (S4TJ) was founded by Drs. Eric Anthony Grollman and Laurel Westbrook to organize for justice for trans, nonbinary, and intersex communities through and within sociology. One of the chief aims of Sociologists for Trans Justice is to advance public understanding of trans, nonbinary, and intersex issues – in particular, to enter sociological insights into the national conversation about the status of trans and nonbinary communities.
To that end, one of the main goals of S4TJ was to publish Trans Studies Bibliography, an open-access bibliography which features suggested sociological readings in transgender studies. The first iteration of the bibliography was published in 2018. Since then, it has been read, downloaded, and used many times to increase access and visibility of trans scholarship around the world. And yet, the work continues.
In 2020, Sociologists for Trans Justice published the Statement on Black Lives Matter and Racial Justice, re-committing the organization to examine and actively address the manifestation of white supremacy and anti-Blackness inside our own organizational practices. Through this assessment, the Syllabus was identified as one key area of intervention to promote scholarship on, by, and with Black trans, nonbinary, and intersex scholars. As a result of this statement, a #BlackTransLivesMatter Reader was created during the summer of 2020. Additionally, the new #TransJusticeSyllabus organizes around the intersection of racial justice and trans liberation, and will be updated periodically.