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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. 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,...
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. Interview with Phillipe Cunningham

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Cunningham, Phillipe, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Sep. 25, 2015
    Topics: Black people, Bullying, Ethnic groups, Ethnic relations, FtMs, Gay community, Gender minorities
    Description: In this powerful oral history, Phillipe Cunningham shares his experiences as Black trans man with a complicated history of gendered and sexual identities.
  13. Interview with Lane Cunningham

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Cunningham, Lane, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Aug. 11, 2015
    Topics: Bullying, FtMs, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Masculinity, Musicians, Visibility
    Description: In this oral history, Cunningham recounts his childhood awareness of his masculinity and his boredom in school. He details his process of coming out as trans and his experimentation with masculinit...
  14. Interview with Eli Clare

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Clare, Eli
    Date: Mar. 1, 2016
    Topics: Bullying, Cerebral palsy, Clinical medicine, Diagnosis, Disability studies, Employment, Gay community, Gender minorities, Gender realignment surgery, Lesbian community, Masculinity, Medical interventions, Passing, People with disabilities, Public buildings--Restrooms, Relationships, Rural areas, Small cities, Stonewall riots, Surgery, Working class, Writers
    Subject: Americans with Disabilities Act, Compton's Cafeteria Riots, Eli Clare, Leslie Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues
    Description: Eli Clare is a genderqueer disability advocate, writer and poet. In this oral history, Clare discusses how language gets re-claimed, taken up, or not; tensions in lesbian community around trans mas...
  15. 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, 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 ...