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  1. Alejandra Rodriguez Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Rodriguez, Alejandra, Oloya-Santiago, Tamara
    Date: Aug. 21, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Families, Hormones, Immigrants, MtFs, Partners, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Community Healthcare Network (CHN)
    Description: In this oral history, Alejandra Rodriguez speaks about immigrating from Mexico to the United States as a young adult to escape the intense discrimination they were suffering. Alejandra speaks about...
  2. Alyssa Pariah Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Pariah, Alyssa
    Date: Jan. 16, 2018
    Topics: Activists, Appearance, Arrests, Bathrooms, Bullying, Capitalism, Child abuse, Childhood, Clothing, Communities, Detention, Direct action, Discrimination, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Occupy movement--New York (State)--New York, Police, Relationships, Schools, Sex workers, Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Transgender youth, Transitioning
    Subject: Alyssa Pariah, Black Lives Matter
    Description: Alyssa Pariah recounts her difficult childhood in New Jersey, her involvement in trans women of color and sex worker communities in New York, and her radicalization as a revolutionary socialist. Sh...
  3. Amanda Hurtado Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Hurtado, Amanda, Oloya-Santiago, Tamara
    Date: Mar. 15, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Allies, Cultures, Families, Gender identity, Immigrants, Language, MtFs, Self-acceptance, Sexuality, Support groups, Transgender people, Transitioning, Violence
    Subject: Make the Road
    Description: Amanda Hurtado speaks with Tamara Oyola Santiago about her life in Ecuador and the change she experienced upon coming to the United States. In this intimate conversation, Amanda shares her history,...
  4. Amaree Jael Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Jael, Amaree, Maya, Elliott
    Date: Aug. 15, 2016
    Topics: Bigender people, Black people, Bullying, Homophobia, Isolation, Parents of transgender people, Poverty, Race identity, Racism, Sexuality, Slavery, Social exclusion, Transgender community, Transitioning, Transsexual people, Verbal abuse, Visibility
    Subject: Amaree Jael
  5. An Interview with Ruin

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: We Who Feel Differently
    Creator: Motta, Carlos
    Date: Unknown
    Topics: Coming out, Gender role, MtFs, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Description: Ruin begins this interview saying: "My name is Ruin and I usually introduce myself as an MTF transgender lesbian. I’m also a vegetarian and a cat lover. I started thinking about gender issues in 20...
  6. Brycen Gaines Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Elle, Eve, Gaines, Brycen
    Date: Apr. 29, 2017
    Topics: Colleges, Discrimination, FtMs, Gay-straight alliances, Gender identity, Health care, Hormones, LGBTI community, Racism, Therapies, Transgender community, Transitioning, Work situation
    Subject: Brycen Gaines
    Description: In this brief interview, Brycen Gaines touches on a variety of topics, beginning with his first moment of awareness of his gender identity. He discusses discrimination, healthcare, family, and tran...
  7. Cayenne Doroshow Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Doroshow, Cayenne, Nova, Cyd
    Date: Feb. 19, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Age, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Communities, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Families, Femininity, Gay community, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Homelessness, Hormones, Housing, Language, LGBTI community, Loneliness, MtFs, Racism, Representation, Riots, Roman catholicism, Sexual assault, Support groups, Therapies, Transgender people, Transgender rights, Transitioning, Violence
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Cayenne Doroshow, Miss Major
    Description: Cayenne Doroshow shares her experience developing a supportive relationship with her family, enduring ignorance and discrimination, first meeting another transwoman, learning about hormones, and di...
  8. Chichi Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Oloya-Santiago, Tamara, Chichi
    Date: Aug. 21, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Childhood, Education, Families, Immigrants, MtFs, Naturalisation, Self-acceptance, Sex workers, Siblings, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Waiters
    Description: This interview, conducted in Spanish, is conducted by Tamara Oloya-Santiago. Chici, the interviewee, tells their story of immigrating from Peru to Queens, New York and the discrimination they suffe...
  9. Christian aka Wordz on Hip Hop Activism

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Transgender Oral History Project
    Creator: Lovehall, Christian Axavier
    Date: Feb. 19, 2014
    Topics: Activists, Demonstrations, Discrimination, Funeral rites, Gangs, Gender identity, Musicians, Poetry, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Upbringing, Violence
    Subject: Philadelphia Trans March
  10. 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...
  11. Genevieve Tatum Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Tatum, Genevieve, Dicken, Matthew
    Date: Jul. 22, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Crossdressers, LGBTI community, Liberation movements, Music, Parents of transgender people, Politics, Sexuality, Transgender community, Transitioning, Violence
    Subject: Genevieve Tatum, Marsha P. Johnson, Stonewall
    Description: Genevieve Tatum, a transgender woman, retells her experiences as an adolescent in The Village in New York City. She describes the aftermath of the Stonewall riot, the Civil Rights movement, and the...
  12. 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...
  13. Interview with Enzi Tanner

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Tanner, Enzi, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Dec. 12, 2015
    Topics: Black people, Coming out, Dating, Education, Families, Gay community, Health care, Hormones, Judaism, Men, Racism, Role models, Roman catholicism, Sexual reorientation, Social workers, Surgery, Transitioning
    Subject: Brown Boi Project, Enzi Tanner, Trans Youth Support Network
    Description: Enzi Tanner describes himself as a role model and mentor to younger men, a role that he’s been able to take on through his gender transition. In this oral history, Tanner speaks about his race, com...
  14. Interview with Charlene Bradshaw

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Bradshaw, Charlene
    Date: Jan. 12, 2016
    Topics: Black people, Bullying, Childhood, Children, Coming out, Education, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Homophobia, Lesbians, Masculinity, Military, Sexism, Sexuality, Spirituality, Support groups, Transgender people, Transitioning, Travel, Volunteering, Writers
    Subject: Charlene Bradshaw, Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Description: In this oral history, Charlene Bradshaw reflects on his experiences living in Minneapolis, MN as a Black transgender person. Bradshaw describes himself as a ‘baby transgender,’ at the beginning of ...
  15. Interview with Crispin Torres

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Torres, Crispin, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: May 27, 2016
    Topics: Coming out, Education, Educators, Gay community, Gay culture, Gay families, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Latinos, Masculinity, Mexican Americans, Misogyny, Musicians, Political movements, Relationships, Roman catholicism, Surgery, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Lambda Legal
    Description: Crispin Torres has been an LGBT advocate and worked to support LGBT people with national organizations for much of his professional career. In this oral history, Torres shares his personal story, f...