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  1. Bianey Garcia Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Garcia, Bianey
    Date: Jul. 13, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Coming out, Discrimination, Families, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Immigration, Immigration law, Imprisonment, Latin american cultures, Lawyers, LGBTI community, MtFs, Organisations, Police, Prisons, Racism, Sex workers, Sexual abuse, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Bianey Garcia, Make the Road
    Description: Bianey Garcia is a community organizer at Make the Road New York, a non-profit organization providing services and advocacy for Latinx and working class communities. Born in Veracruz, Mexico and ra...
  2. Carolyn Connolly Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Connolly, Carolyn, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 25, 2018
    Topics: Alcoholism, Coming out, Crossdressing, Drug abuse, Homophobia, Punk, Transgender people, Transsexualism
    Description: Carolyn Connolly begins with her difficult childhood in a blue-collar Irish-Italian family in Flatlands, Brooklyn, her entry into metal scenes of NYC, and her radicalization into the Love and Rage ...
  3. Donna M. Cartwright Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Cartwright, Donna M., O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 23, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Arrests, Beauty standards, Colleges, Coming out, Crossdressing, Dating, Drag queens, Ethnic relations, Events, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Labour movement, LGBTI movement, Marriage, Normalisation, Organisations, Secrecy, Sex workers, Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Stereotypes, Therapists, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transgender prostitutes, Transgender rights, Transgender youth, Transitioning
    Subject: Brandon Teena, Christine Jorgensen, Donna M. Cartwright, Gender Right Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), GenderPAC, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pride at Work, Terence Stamp, The New York Times
    Description: Donna Cartwright discusses her long history in the labor movement, as a socialist militant, in leading roles in trans rights organizing and LGBTQ organizations. She recounts her 30 years spent as a...
  4. Jamie Bauer Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Bauer, Jamie
    Date: Jun. 5, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Age, Childhood, Civil rights, Clothing, Coming out, Dating, Demonstrations, Drugs, Ethnic groups, FtMs, Gay rights, Gender diversity, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Lesbian community, Liberation movements, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Therapists, Transgender community, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Work situation
    Subject: ACT-UP, Anita Bryant, Jamie Bauer, Women's Pentagon Action
    Description: Jamie Bauer recounts their childhood and adolescence growing up in New York City’s Stuyvesant Town, resisting family pressure to conform to normative gender expressions and discovering butch femme ...
  5. JD Davids Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Davids, JD
    Date: Mar. 11, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Childhood, Coming out, Demonstrations, Drugs, Employment discrimination, Families, Feminism, FtMs, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Housing, Internet, LGBTI community, Politics, Pregnancy, Schools, Sports, Transgender parents
    Subject: ACT-UP, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), JD Davids, Project TEACH
    Description: JD Davids, a writer, health activist, and communication strategist, recounts his experiences as a member of the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS activist movement and subsequent move to New York City. A Phila...
  6. Kamryn Wolf Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Wolf, Kamryn, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Oct. 29, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Art history, Bullying, Christianity, Coming out, Education, Gender identity, Health care, LGBTI community, Upbringing
    Description: Kamryn Wolf was one of the union members and supporters who helped win a union contract at Babeland, a NYC sex toy store. In this interview, Kamryn discusses their suburban growing up and alienatio...
  7. Michelle Esther O'Brien Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kerr, Ted
    Date: Jan. 16, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anarchism, Colleges, Coming out, Communism, Direct action, Environmentalism, Ethnic groups, Feminism, Gender diversity, Homophobia, Internet, Lesbian feminism, Lesbian separatism, Libraries, Mental health, MtFs, Organisations, Political movements, Politics, Racism, Science fiction, Sexuality, Social law, Sociology, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender youth, Travel, Welfare benefits
    Subject: bell hooks, Michelle Esther O'Brien
    Description: In this interview, Michelle O’Brien discusses milestones in her politicization: Ancient Forest Defense Network in the Pacific Northwest, highway blockades in Minnesota, trans healthcare organizing ...
  8. Naomi Clark Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Clark, Naomi
    Date: Mar. 3, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Bathrooms, Beauty standards, Change of name, Childhood, Coming out, Dating, Discrimination, Educators, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Internet forums, Isolation, LGBTI community, MtFs, Oppression, Parents, Politics, Representation, Social networking websites, Transgender people, Transitioning, Video games--Design, Work situation
    Subject: Judith Butler, Lambda Legal, Naomi Clark, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Naomi Clark describes her work with hte Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the on-line trans and queer community Strap-On.org, and her career in video game design. She begins her oral history with her chil...
  9. Octavia Leona Kohner Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kohner, Octavia Leona
    Date: Mar. 27, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anarchism, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Families, Feminists, Gender identity, Isolation, Labour movement, LGBTI community, MtFs, Political movements, Solidarity, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Working class
    Subject: Babeland, Octavia Leona Kohner
    Description: Octavia Leona Kohner was active in the successful unionization campaign at Babeland, a NYC sex toy shop. Here, she recounts her upbringing in a working-class family in Staten Island, and describes ...
  10. 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...
  11. Spree Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Spree
    Date: Jun. 8, 2017
    Topics: Actors, AIDS activists, Appearance, Black people, Childhood, Coming out, Faeries, Families, Femininity, Gender identity, MtFs, Politics, Theatre, Transgender people
    Subject: ACT-UP, International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), Marsha P. Johnson, Ortez Alderman, Queer Nation, Spree
    Description: Performer, and activist Spree shares her experiences as a Radical Faerie; a member of ACT UP, The Emma Goldman Gypsy Players and The Eggplant Players; and a resident of numerous places around the w...
  12. Stella Dance Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Dance, Stella
    Date: Mar. 29, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Autonomy, BDSM, Bullying, Childhood, Class struggle, Colleges, Coming out, Employment discrimination, Families, Femininity, Friendships, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Homophobia, Hospitals, Learning difficulties, Mental health, Racism, Rape, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Schools, Sex parties, Sexual orientation, Sexuality, Suicide, Therapies, Trade unions, Work situation
    Subject: Stella Dance
    Description: Stella Dance is an educator, tarot-card reader, and professional dungeon monitor who currently works at the recently unionized Babeland sex toy boutique in New York City. In this interview they des...