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  1. Cecilia Gentili Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Gentili, Cecilia
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Addictions, Childhood, Clothing, Dictatorships, Drugs, Families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Immigration, Immigration policy, Imprisonment, Labour, MtFs, Organisations, Passing, Relationships, Sex workers, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Cecilia Gentili, Gay Men's Health Crisis
    Description: Cecilia Gentili is the Director of Policy at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). In this wide-ranging interview, she reflects on the relationships and experiences that inform her story of struggle, res...
  2. El Roy Red Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Red, El Roy, Holmes, Zoe
    Date: Mar. 30, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Adoption, Body image, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Ethnic groups, Families, Femininity, Gay liberation, Gender diversity, Higher education, Immigration, Isolation, Passing, Poetry, Sexuality, Substance abuse
    Subject: El Roy Red, Ponderosa Movement and Discovery, University of Pittsburgh
    Description: El Roy Red is a poet who has lived in New York City for three years. Red begins the interview by discussing her self-expression through a unique sense of style and how she found her voice as a writ...
  3. Fainan Lakha Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lakha, Fainan, Maya, Elliott
    Date: Jul. 13, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Coming out, Communities, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, Islam, Liberation movements, MtFs, Oppression, Politics, Representation, Sexual abuse, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Fainan Lakha, Laverne Cox
    Description: Fainan Lakha is a student at Columbia majoring in Comparative Literature and Society. She grew up in a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community in Seattle and became involved in the Oneness University a...
  4. Gykyira Shoy Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Shoy, Gykyira
    Date: Feb. 15, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, AIDS education, Drag queens, Education, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, LGBTI community, MtFs, Music, Passing, Sex workers, Transitioning, Visibility
    Description: Gykyira Shoy is the Program Director of New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Here, she describes her experience as a trans person of color and her work as an activist, engaged in justice st...
  5. Interview with Jessi Brandon

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Brandon, Jessi, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Nov. 27, 2016
    Topics: Autism spectrum disorders, Bisexuality, Black people, Boarding schools, Christianity, Gender diversity, Gender minorities, Masculinity, Neurotic disorders, Politics, Resistance movements, Sexual orientation, Transgender people
    Subject: Jessi Brandon, Trump Administration
    Description: Jessi Brandon is freshman studying at Macalester College, who recently moved from Enterprise, Alabama to St. Paul, Minnesota. In this interview, they discuss growing up in Germany; early childhood ...
  6. Interview with Roxanne Anderson

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Anderson, Roxanne, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Jul. 23, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Appearance, Artists, Discrimination, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Hormones, Racially mixed people
    Subject: queer identity, Transmasculine
    Description: In this oral history, Roxanne Anderson reflects on their experiences as a black, masculine of center, gender nonconforming person living in the Midwest. Anderson describes what they see as the most...
  7. Izzy Mustafa Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Mustafa, Izzy
    Date: Apr. 11, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Childhood, Coming out, Ethnic groups, FtMs, Gender diversity, Identity, Intersex, Islam, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Passing, Politics, Religious right, Representation, Social norms, Training programs, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Description: Izzy's family-life intertwines heavily with his oral history and coming out process. The middle child of a Muslim-Palestinian man and Christian-American woman, he talks about the particular ways ea...
  8. Julian Talamantez Brolaski Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lewis, AJ, Talamantez Brolaski, Julian
    Date: Mar. 24, 2017
    Topics: Androgyny, Discrimination, Gender diversity, Labour, Literature, Music, Native american cultures, Poetry, Transgender people, Two-spirit people
    Subject: Julian Talamantez Brolaski
    Description: Julian Talamantez Brolaski uses language and xirs' own pronoun paradigm to come closer to words that best express xir identity; at one time utilizing "it" as xir pronoun and appreciating the leveli...
  9. Kai Pelton Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Maya, Elliott, Pelton, Kai
    Date: Jul. 17, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Adultism, Androgyny, Appearance, Artists, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Hormones, Mental health, Music, Schools, Sexuality, Theatre, Transgender community
    Description: Kai Pelton is a co-facilitator of the Trans-Generational Theatre Project, a community initiative in NYC for trans-folk. Here, the 21 y.o. New York City native describes their journey as a trans per...
  10. Marty Hernandez Avedon Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Hernandez Avedon, Marty, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Apr. 1, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Adoption, Bullying, Change of name, Colleges, Coming out, Dating, Demonstrations, Diversity, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Foster families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Mental health, Passing, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Stereotypes, Transitioning
    Subject: Marty Hernandez Avedon
    Description: Marty Hernandez Avedon discusses growing up in the foster care system only to be adopted by a family who rejected him at the age of 10, reconnecting with his biological parents, and what the name H...
  11. Naz Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Naz, Awad, Nadia
    Date: Apr. 20, 2017
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Childhood, Class struggle, Clothing, Colleges, Communities, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender diversity, Homosexuality, Identity, Immigration, Islam, Labour, Politics, Refugees, Schools, Sexuality, Sports, Substance abuse, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Description: Naz is a gender non-conforming queer artist who works around in between spaces. They were born in Iran into a middle class muslim family, and followed their parents to the United States as a child ...
  12. Nico Fuentes Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Fuentes, Nico, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Feb. 11, 2018
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Colleges, Depression, Direct action, Families, Feminism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Isolation, Labour, Lesbians, Politics, Racism, Sex shops, Trade unions, Transgender people
    Subject: Nico Fuentes
    Description: Nico Fuentes is a member leader in a current unionization campaign at the Pleasure Chest, a sex toy shop. Beginning with an account of growing up in a Mexican family in West Texas and Oklahoma, she...
  13. Paris Milane Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Milane, Paris
    Date: Jun. 22, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Change of name, Childhood, Clothing, Colleges, Crimes, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Housing, MtFs, Organisations, Sex workers, Stealth, Substance abuse, Support groups, Transgender community, Unemployment, Violence
    Subject: Housing Works, Paris Milane
    Description: Paris shares her experience of growing up in Atlanta and starting to “live her truth” at a young age. She recalls finding reassurance in a community of other Black trans women for the first time an...
  14. Pauline Park Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Park, Pauline
    Date: Mar. 9, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Adoption, Coming out, Diversity, Ethnic groups, Families, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Heteronormativity, HIV/AIDS, Human rights, Law, LGBTI community, LGBTI movement, Liberation movements, MtFs, Politics, Racism, Solidarity, Support groups, Transgender people, Transgender rights
    Subject: Pauline Park
    Description: Pauline Park is a long-time transgender activist based in New York City who led the campaign for the 2004 New York City transgender rights law. Born in Korea but adopted into a Christian evangelica...
  15. Phoenix Danger Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Danger, Phoenix
    Date: Apr. 24, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Demonstrations, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Immigration, Labour, Multiculturalism, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Substance abuse, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transphobia
    Subject: Babeland, Phoenix Danger
    Description: Phoenix Danger was active in the successful unionization campaign at Babeland, a NYC sex toy shop. In this interview, they recount their early life in suburban New York as the child of Filipino imm...