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 healthcare 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 Archives. Cristan is the editor at the social justice sites TransAdvocate.com and TheTERFs.com, is a long-term member and previous chair of the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.
- 2016, Radical Inclusion, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly
- 2014, Transgender, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly
- 2014, Transgender*: The Rhetorical Landscape of a Term, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
- 2014, Alpha-Male, The Queer South: Essays and Poems
- Adviser: Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (2014), The Gender Book (2013)