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  1. 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
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. Lorena Borjas Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Borjas, Lorena, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Jun. 11, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Deportation, Friendships, Hormones, Human rights, Immigrants, MtFs, Partners, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  6. Martina Downey Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Tennenbaum, Ric, Downey, Martina
    Date: Jul. 3, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Activists, Bathrooms, Bisexuality, Black people, Bullying, Butches, Change of name, Class struggle, Colleges, Colonialism, Coming out, Dormitories, Drug abuse, Ethnic groups, Families, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, HIV/AIDS, Judaism, Labelling, Lesbian movement, LGBTI community, LGBTI movement, Missionaries, MtFs, Music, Night life, Nurses, Passing, Politics, Religions, Roman catholicism, Transgender community, Transgender identity, Transgender youth, Transitioning, Violence, Visibility, Working class
    Subject: Al Sharpton, David Bowie, Martina Downey, Phil Donahue
    Description: In this interview, Martina Downey discusses her experiences navigating many different communities in her life: the Black church, the university, predominately white institutions, corporate offices,...
  7. Sabelo Narasimhan Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Narasimhan, Sabelo
    Date: Feb. 28, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Artists, Bathrooms, Childhood, Clothing, Dating, Environmentalism, Ethnic groups, Families, FtMs, Gender identity, Immigration, LGBTI community, Life stories, Organisations, Passing, Police, Prisons, Schools, Sports, Transgender people, Visibility, Youth centres
    Subject: Sabelo Narasimhan
    Description: In this interview, Sabelo Narasimhan--a South Asian youth activist, organizer, photographer, and immigrant of color--discusses his penchant for collecting and sharing stories. Hear him talk about w...
  8. Yana Calou Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Calou, Yana
    Date: Mar. 1, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Colleges, Employment discrimination, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Hormone therapy, LGBTI community, LGBTI rights, Media occupations, Migration, NGOs, Parents, Residence permits, Trade unions, Transgender people, Visibility, Work situation
    Subject: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Yana Calou
    Description: Yana Calou spent much of their youth traveling around the world and eventually found a community in Utah, where they began advocating for LGBTQ rights. Later, Calou moved to NYC, where they worked ...