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  1. Yanyi Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Yanyi, Lisowski, Zef
    Date: Jun. 11, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Allies, Appearance, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Communities, Ethnic groups, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Libraries, Masculinity, Media, Parents of transgender people, Poets, Public services, Racism, Religions, Representation, Schools, Secrecy, Sexuality, Social media, Students, Therapists, Tomboys, Transgender community, Transgender people, Violence, Work situation, Writers
    Description: Yanyi, a poet and software engineer, reflects on his experiences being part of and building many forms of community, including Asian American community, queer/trans community, and neighborhood comm...
  2. Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Van Ness, Lorenzo, Asapansa-Johnson Walker, Tanya
    Date: Apr. 2, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Army, Bullying, Childhood, Christianity, Discrimination, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Gender identity, Harassment, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormones, LGBTI community, Migration, MtFs, Nurses, Oppression, Passing, Politics, Racism, Resistance movements, Sex workers, Sexual harassment, Sexuality, Social exclusion, Social workers, Substance abuse, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Karen Burstein, Paris Is Burning, Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker
    Description: Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker is a co-founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Here, she shares her history of LGB and trans activism in New York City. Born on Staten Island, Mis...
  3. Suzan Cooke Interview Transcript

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: GLBT Historical Society
    Creator: Stryker, Susan
    Date: Jan. 10, 1998
    Topics: Arrests, Bullying, Crossdressing, Drag balls, Family members, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Judges, Liberation movements, Military, Night life, Peace movement, Police, Rape, Riots, Transsexual people
    Subject: Andy Warhol, April Ashley, Bambi, Cathy Grennier, Center for Special Problems, City of Night, Coccinelle, Elliot Blackstone, Gerard Malanga, Glide Memorial Methodist Church, Haight Ashbury Self-Defense, Harry Benjamin, Jan Maxwell, Jerry Durkin, John Brown, Jose Barbossa, José Sarria, Louise Ergestrasse, Mattachine Society, Melvin Belli, Shannon O'Hara, Suzan Cooke, Trans-Action, Wendy Kohler
    Description: Interview recorded in Hollywood, California with Suzy Cooke
  4. 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...
  5. Simone Kolysh Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kolysh, Simone
    Date: Feb. 14, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Bisexuality, Brothers, Bullying, Childhood, Families, Motherhood, Sexual assault, Travel
    Description: Simone Kolysh describes their non-binary gender identity, growing up in a Russian immigrant family, becoming a parent, and their academic work on trans studies.
  6. Marty Hernandez Avedon Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Hernandez Avedon, Marty, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Apr. 1, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Adoption, Bullying, Change of name, Colleges, Coming out, Dating, Demonstrations, Diversity, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Foster families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Mental health, Passing, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Stereotypes, Transitioning
    Subject: Marty Hernandez Avedon
    Description: Marty Hernandez Avedon discusses growing up in the foster care system only to be adopted by a family who rejected him at the age of 10, reconnecting with his biological parents, and what the name H...
  7. Mackenzie Reynolds Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Reynolds, Mackenzie, Tennenbaum, Ric
    Date: Jul. 23, 2017
    Topics: Beauty standards, Bullying, Child abuse, Christianity, Clothing, Coming out, Country and western music, Families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Judaism, Legal name , Night life, Rabbis, Religions, Social classes, Transitioning, Work situation
    Subject: Mackenzie Reynolds
    Description: Mackenzie Reynolds is Jewish leader and participant in New York queer life. Beginning with their membership in United Methodist Church in Spokane, Washington, Reynolds has explored their faith and ...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Interview with Zeam Porter

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Porter, Zeam
    Date: Dec. 29, 2016
    Topics: Activists, Age, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Family members, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Intersectionality (Sociology), Masculinity, Medical interventions, Mental disorders, Poetry, Privilege (Social psychology), Relationships, Religions, Sexual orientation, Sports
    Subject: Gender Revolution 8, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, OutFront Minnesota
    Description: Zeam Porter identifies as a black polyamorous transmasculine genderqueer demiboy and was assigned female at birth. His gender is very fluid but also grounded in being trans masculine. They prefer h...
  11. Interview with Venus DeMars part 1

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: DeMars, Venus
    Date: May 3, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Autobiographies, Breasts, Bullying, Cosmetics, Counseling, Crossdressing, Depression, Hormones, Marriage, MtFs, Musicians, Nose--Surgery, Pronoun, Puberty, Transgender people
    Subject: City of Lakes Crossgender Community (CLCC), Venus de Mars
    Description: Venus de Mars was born in 1960 and grew up as a closeted trans kid, describing herself as a “little boy with a secret.” She didn’t grow up female since she was assigned male at birth but feels comp...
  12. Interview with Valerie Spencer

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Spencer, Valerie
    Date: Oct. 5, 2017
    Topics: African American transgender people, Assigned gender, Bullying, Butches, Christianity, Clothing, Depression, Drag queens, Employment discrimination, Exorcism, Families, Families, Black, Femininity, Heteronormativity, HIV/AIDS, Identity politics, Intersectionality (Sociology), Labeling, Language, Marriage, Medical interventions, Medicalisation, Privilege (Social psychology), Psychic trauma, Racism, Role behaviour, Role models, Schools, Self-care, Health, Social advocacy, Support groups, Therapies, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center of Color
    Description: Valerie Spencer identifies as a black trans woman and was assigned male at birth. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California in the suburbs. She had an older brother who was murdered when s...
  13. Interview with Ty Yule

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Yule, Ty
    Date: Aug. 20, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Bullying, Businesses, Butches, Coming out, Family members, Femininity, FtMs, Gay culture, Gay pride, Gender identity, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Intolerance, LGBTI movement, Masculinity, Mental health, Passing, Punk, Same-sex marriage, Self-destructive behavior, Social movements, Suicidal behavior, Testosterone, Transgender people, Transitioning, Women's bars
    Subject: AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP), Cher, Queer Nation, The L Word
    Description: Ty Yule identifies as a trans man or trans person assigned female at birth. He started transitioning 4 years ago at the time of the interview at age 41. He was born in Minnesota, then moved to Iowa...
  14. Interview With Tracie Jada O'Brien

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: O'Brien, Tracie Jada
    Date: Jan. 13, 2017
    Topics: Adult child abuse victims--Mental health, African American transgender people, African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc, Assigned gender, Blacks--Segregation, Bullying, Christianity, Cosmetics, Counselors, Depression, Mental, Drag queens, Families, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormone therapy, Imprisonment, MtFs, Police raids, Religions, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Sexual practices, Transgender prostitution
    Subject: Affordable Care Act, Christine Jorgensen, Miss Fannie's Ball, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Tenderloin, The Center for Special Problems
    Description: Tracie Jada O’Brien identifies as an African American female and was assigned male at birth. She was 65 at the time of the interview. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1950s and 1960s in an...
  15. Interview with Thalia Forton

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Forton, Thalia
    Date: Feb. 12, 2016
    Topics: Bullying, Dating, Depression, Families, Harassment, Hormones, MtFs, National characteristics, Puerto Rican, Passing, Racially mixed people, Sexual violence, Stress, Students, Transgender people
    Subject: Thalia Forton
    Description: Thalia Forton shared her story in her dorm room at the University of Minnesota. Forton identifies herself as a queer trans woman of color. In this oral history, Forton shares her experiences with d...