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  1. 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...
  2. Andrea Long Chu Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Chu, Andrea Long
    Date: Nov. 2, 2018
    Topics: Feminist theory, Literature, Religions, Transgender people, Transgender studies, Writers
    Description: Andrea Long Chu is an emerging trans intellectual, writing on the politics of gender and desire. In this interview she recounts her growing up to a devoted Christian family in North Carolina, atten...
  3. 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...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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...
  6. Chase Strangio Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Strangio, Chase, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Oct. 12, 2018
    Topics: Activists, Gender identity, Imprisonment, Judaism, Law, Lawyers, Legal process, LGBTI movement, Transgender people
    Subject: Chelsea Manning
    Description: Chase Strangio discusses their work as a leading LGBTQ legal advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), including their representation of and connection to well-known former political...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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...
  11. Julian Honkasalo

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Honkasalo, Julian, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: May 16, 2018
    Topics: Academics, Adolescence, Bullying, Families, Friendships, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Masculinity, Music, Research, Sociology
    Description: Julian Honkasalo is a Finnish scholar of trans history who became interested in the NYC Trans Oral history project as part of his studies. Honkasalo tells interviewer Michelle Esther O'Brien how hi...
  12. 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...
  13. Kiara St. James Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, St. James, Kiara
    Date: Mar. 6, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Black people, Childhood, Christianity, Civil rights, Drag queens, Education, Families, Femmes, Foster families, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Intimate partner violence, MtFs, Night life, Organisations, Politics, Poverty, Racism, Sex workers, Transgender community, Transgender rights, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Housing Works, Kiara St. James, New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG)
    Description: Kiara St. James is the CEO and a co-founder of New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Here, she recalls the experiences throughout her life that inform her activism and advocacy today as a tr...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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...