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  1. Anna Keyes Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Maya, Elliott, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Artists, Bullying, Childhood, Colleges, Coming out, Depression, Ethnic groups, Families, Film, Film studies, Gender identity, Gender relations, Gender role, Health care, Hormones, MtFs, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Public facilities, Relationships (LGBTQ), Representation, Self-acceptance, Social media, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Anna Keyes
  2. Dylan Kapit Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Zavidow, Evan, Kapit, Dylan
    Date: Jun. 18, 2017
    Topics: Bullying, Childhood, Coming out, Dating, Families, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, LGBTI community, Mental health, Relationships (LGBTQ), Special education
    Subject: Barnard College, Dylan Kapit
  3. Eli Oberman Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Oberman, Eli, Milks, M. Henry
    Date: Feb. 20, 2017
    Topics: Breast cancer, Bullying, Coming out, Depression, Families, Femininity, Feminism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, Homophobia, Hormones, Loneliness, Misogyny, Musicians, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Patriarchy, Therapies, Transphobia
    Subject: Eli Oberman, The New School
    Description: Eli Oberman—one of, if not the first, trans-identified students at Eugene Lang— talks about coming out as one of two very different trans children to a family of feminists, misogyny in transmasculi...
  4. Hannah E. Simpson Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Simpson, Hannah E, Ramsay, Grace
    Date: Mar. 22, 2017
    Topics: Bullying, Coming out, Crossdressing, Drag, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Heteronormativity, Higher education, Hormones, Labour, Military, MtFs, Parents of transgender people, Social norms, Transgender families, Transphobia, Visibility
    Subject: Hannah E Simpson
  5. Interview with Amanda Armstrong

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Armstrong, Amanda
    Date: Mar. 21, 2019
    Topics: Androgyny, Anti-transgender violence, Bathrooms, Bullying, Childbirth, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Communism, Counseling, Counterculture, Death penalty, Education, Family members, Feminists, Gay liberation, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender role, Hormones, Labour, LGBTI community, Liberalism, Menstruation, Middle class, Motherhood, MtFs, New Left, Parents (LGBTQ), Police, Politics, Psychology, Religions, Resistance movements, Rural areas, Sexual assault, Socialism, Sports, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transsexualism, Visibility, White people
    Subject: 9/11 Terror Attacks, Academic Workers for a Democratic Union, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), Karl Marx, Occupy Oakland, Oscar Grant, Ralph Nader, Swarthmore College, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF), University of California Student-Workers Union (UAW)
    Description: Amanda Armstrong recounts her organizing as a graduate student militant in the 2009-2012 protest wave in Berkley and Oakland. She joined occupations and building take-overs organized by students an...
  6. Interview with Amanda Beech

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Beech, Amanda
    Date: Mar. 3, 2017
    Topics: Appearance, Assigned gender, Bullying, Change of name, Cheerleading, Clothing, Coming out, Electrolysis, Family members, Femininity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hairdressers, Health insurance, Hormones, Jews, MtFs, Orgasm, Partners (LGBTQ), People with disabilities, Religions, Self-acceptance, Sexual practices, World war II
    Subject: Cullan Markland, Donna Ewing
    Description: Amanda Beech is a 48-year-old woman who was assigned male at birth. Beech went to school in the little town of Ellendale, Minnesota and lived in Bath, Minnesota. From a young age friends and family...
  7. Interview with Ashley Finch

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Finch, Ashley
    Date: Apr. 5, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Alcoholism, Antidepressants, Anxiety disorders, Assigned gender, Bipolar disorder, Bullying, Change of name, Cisgender people, Coming out, Depression, Families, Gender identity, Gender studies, Gender-nonconforming people, Homosexuality, Hormones, Language, Marriage, MtFs, Parents (LGBTQ), Politics, Race, Racism, Religions, Schools, Self-mutilation, Siblings, Substance abuse, Suicidal behavior, Therapies, Transgender people
    Subject: Augsburg College, El Sontule, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Global Center of Education, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Sandinista Campaign
    Description: Ashley Finch was born and raised in St. Paul, MN and identifies as a trans woman. In this oral history, she shares her experiences negotiating her gender identity from an early age and exploring he...
  8. Interview with Awen Briem

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Briem, Awen
    Date: Dec. 28, 2015
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Assigned gender, Bullying, Change of name, Clothing, Coming out, Communities, Employment discrimination, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Harassment, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Hormones, Language, Masculinity, Partners (LGBTQ), Politics, Religions, Schools, Sexuality, Social media, Suicide, Surgery, Therapies, Transgender people, Transphobia, Youth
    Subject: OutFront Minnesota
    Description: Awen Briem identifies as transgender and as male if he’s not out to them. He was assigned female at birth and grew up in Syracuse, New York. His family then moved to Des Moines, Iowa. He experience...
  9. Interview with Ben Singer

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Singer, Ben
    Date: Nov. 24, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Activists, Bullying, Butches, Change of name, Coming out, DSM, Family members, Feminism, FtMs, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Health insurance, Hormones, Intersectionality (Sociology), Masculinity, Oppression, Public health, Relationships (LGBTQ), Sexual abuse, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Soft butches, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Bridges to Coalition: A Community Forum on Trans Issues, Transgender Health Action Coalition
    Description: Ben Singer identifies as a trans man and was assigned female at birth. He was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois in a working-class family. For the past 25 years he’s been estranged from his fam...
  10. 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 (Transgender), 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 ...
  11. Interview with EJ Olson

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Olson, EJ
    Date: Dec. 16, 2016
    Topics: AIDS organisations, Allies, Appearance, Artists, Assigned gender, Bullying, Colleges, Coming out, Communities, Counseling, Dating, Families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Hormones, Hysterectomy, Marriage, Masculinity, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Self-acceptance, Sexual orientation, Theatre, Therapies, Transgender community, Transitioning (Transgender), Women's colleges
    Subject: Callen Lorde, Chatham College, Family Tree Clinic, Garden State Equality, LGBT Task Force, LGBTQ Center, Rainbow Health Initiative, Riot Girl Feminism, Trans Hormone Care Program
    Description: EJ Olson was 37 at the time of the interview and was assigned female at birth. They identify as genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender fluid and grew up in Empire, Michigan. They are the ol...
  12. Interview with Elle Hearns

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Hearns, Elle
    Date: Feb. 7, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Black people, Bullying, Christianity, Coming out, Gay identity, Gender role, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Murders of LGBTQ people, Sexual assault, Suicide, Transgender people, Verbal abuse, Violence
    Subject: Anita Moore, Betty Skinner, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Brittany Nicole Kidd-Stergis, Cemia Dove, Cherno Biko, Dom Mockings, Erin Lange, GetEQUAL, John Crawford, Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Marsha P. Johnson Institute, Michael Brown, Michael David Battle, Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellowship for Black Trans Women, Sylvia Rivera, TGNCF, Tiffany Edwards, Trans Justice Funding Project, TransWomen of Color Collective, Tras Health Care Summit, Wriply Bennet
    Description: Elle Hearns identifies her gender as Black and her assigned birth as Black. She’s also identifies herself as a black trans woman. She was always tiny, she says, but in her mind, she was always big....
  13. Interview with Erica Fields

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Fields, Erica
    Date: Sep. 8, 2015
    Topics: Adoption, African Americans, Assigned gender, Augmentation mammaplasty, Bullying, Children, Clothing, Coming out, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Divorce, Drugs, Educational institutions, Family members, Feminists, Gender bending, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Hormone therapy, Lesbians, Marriage, Privilege (Social psychology), Race identity, Race relations, Roman catholicism, Sexuality, Socio-economic status, Support groups, Theatre, Therapies, Transgender identity, Transgender people, Transsexual people
    Subject: Anon, Caitlyn Jenner, Christine McGinn, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Ellen Krug, Gender Justice, Gender Outlaws, Getting to Ellen: A Memoir About Love, Honesty, and Gender Change, GLBT Chamber of Commerce, Gonzaga University, Hedda Gabler, Hidden Agenda, Hidden Agender, Hogan's Heroes, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Janet Mock, Jenny Boylan, Kate Bornstein, Laverne Cox, Leigh Smythe, Mara Keisling, Marcus Waterbury, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, NASA, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), National Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), Northwest Bible College, Of Mice and Men, Old Bedlam Theatre, Star Trek, The Miser, The Taming of the Shrew, Trans, Women's Employment and Security Act (WESA)
    Description: Erica Fields is a business woman from Edina, MN who began her gender transition in 2007 at the age of 53. Her oral history is rich with bits of local history and culture. Fields lives a life in com...
  14. Interview with Gradylee Shapiro

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Shapiro, Gradylee
    Date: Jan. 17, 2016
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Assigned gender, Baldness, Bisexuality, Bullying, Butches, Clothing, Coming out, Dating, Death and dying, Depression, Discrimination, Divorce, Family members, Femininity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormones, Hysterectomy, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Marriage, Mental disorders, Ovariectomy, Partners (LGBTQ), Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Poor, Schools, Soft butches, Swindlers and swindling, Testosterone, Transitioning (Transgender), Violence
    Subject: District 202, Ethan Laubach, Gender Blur, GLBT Youth Organization, Prism
    Description: Gradylee Shapiro identifies as a butch and was assigned female at birth. They did not specify preferred pronouns in their interview so the gender-neutral terms, they/them, are used throughout this ...
  15. Interview with Hannah Stein

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Stein, Hannah
    Date: Oct. 27, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Assigned gender, Bisexual identity, Bullying, Capitalism, Classical music, Clothing, Coming out, Employees, Families, Gender realignment surgery, Hair--Removal, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Internet, Intersex, Middle class, MtFs, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Repression (Psychology), Robbery, Schools, Sexual harassment, Sexuality, Suicide, Theatre, Therapists, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: 20% Theatre, Door to Dooor Canvasing, Environment Minnesota, Lawrence University, Lebanese Restaurant, Mixed Blood Theater, The Naked I
    Description: Hannah Stein identifies as a trans woman assigned male at birth. She has a younger sister and grew up in Athens, Georgia in a middle-class household. Her mom worked for the hospital as a cancer nur...