We are happy to announce the 2018 Transgender Pioneer Award Winner: Aaron H. Devor of the University of Victoria. Dr. Devor hold the world’s only Research Chair in Transgender Studies.

Aaron H. Devor, Ph.D.

Dr. Devor is no stranger to Fantasia Fair; he recently presented a keynote speech on the Transgender Archives at his university, and we collected and sent him more than 850 fiction titles for his Transgender Archive. Here’s his bio:

Dr. Aaron Devor, has been studying and teaching about transgender topics for more than thirty years. He was one of the authors of versions 6 and 7 of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, and is now overseeing its transition into world languages. He is the author of numerous well-cited scholarly articles, and the widely-acclaimed books Gender Blending: Confronting the Limits of Duality (1989) and FTM: Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1997, 2nd edition forthcoming in 2016).  His most recent book, The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014) is a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in LGBT nonfiction. He has delivered lectures to audiences around the world, including more than 20 keynote and plenary addresses. He is a national-award-winning teacher, an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research, and an elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Devor, is the Founder and Academic Director of the world’s largest Transgender Archives and was Dean of Graduate Studies, 2002-2012.

Aaron H. Devor with Research Materials from the Transgender Archives. Photo courtesy University of Victoria.