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  1. Interview with Eddie Jarel Jones

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Jones, Eddie Jarel
    Date: May 29, 2019
    Topics: African American universities and colleges, Anti-transgender violence, Bathrooms, Beauty standards, Bisexual youth, Black people, Bullying, Childhood, Cosmetics, Crossdressing, Dating, Discrimination, Drag, Family members, Femininity, Gay and lesbian youth, Gay pride, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Heterosexism, Homophobia, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Passing, Pronoun, Racism, Self-image, Social media, Telecommunication, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transgender youth, Transphobia, Visibility, Women's colleges
    Subject: Bathroom Act, BlackTransTV, Jussie Smollett, King Children, Lincoln University, MOBIfest, Morehouse College, Philly Fashion Week, Pose, Sean Torrington, Slay TV, SLAYFEST, SpeakOut, Spelman College, Terry Torrington, The Phluid Project, World Pride 2019
    Description: Eddie Jarel Jones is a Cleveland, Ohio native and current social influencer, media personality, producer, Emcee, and model. They reflect on the experience of attending a Historically Black College ...
  2. Interview with Gia Love

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Love, Gia
    Date: Apr. 11, 2019
    Topics: African diaspora, African-americans, Black people, Bullying, Butches, Childhood, Crossdressing, Debates, Drag balls, Femininity, Foster children, Gender, Gender diversity, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormones, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Mothers, Racism, Sexism, Sexual abuse, Special education, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Women
    Subject: Butch Queen, City College, Destination Tomorrow, Ginovia, Greenlight Hub, Harlem United, Harvard University, House of Bacardi, House of Juicy, House of Louboutin, House of McQueen, Islan Nettles, Kalem Lord, Malcolm X, Marist College, Martin Luther King Jr., New York Urban Debate League (NYUDL), Paris Is Burning, Sundance, TQ, Uber
    Description: Gia Love reflects on her life in the kiki ball scene, an underground queer and trans dance community in New York City. In kiki, particularly the House of Juicy, Gia found deep friendships and a sup...
  3. Interview with Kristen P. Lovell

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lovell, Kristen P.
    Date: Apr. 4, 2019
    Topics: Actors, Bisexual youth, Black people, Bullying, Cocaine, Drag, Drag queens, Drugs, Gay and lesbian youth, Health care, Homeless people, Jews, LGBTI community, Transgender youth, Transitioning, Women, Writers
    Subject: Amanda Milan Incident, Center Lane, Chi-Chi's, Cole Cafe, Covenant House, Fenced Out, Iris House, James Street Hotel, March of Dimes, Marsha P. Johnson, Michael Bloomberg, New Neutral Zone, New York Police Department (NYPD), Octavia St. Laurent, Operation Spotlight, Rites of Passage, Stonewall mobile, Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Sylvia Rivera, Trans Empowerment Group, Two Potatoes
    Description: Kristen Lovell discusses her time working "the stroll," in the West Village in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She recounts the community, conflict and challenges faced by fellow sex workers, inclu...
  4. 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, Police, Politics, Psychology, Religions, Resistance movements, Rural areas, Sexual assault, Socialism, Sports, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transitioning, 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  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, Sexual abuse, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Transgender people, Transitioning, 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 Selena Meza

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Meza, Selena
    Date: Nov. 19, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Bullying, Coming out, Families, Feminists, Femmes, Ho Chunk women, Latinos, Mexican American women, Migration, Transgender people, Transphobia, Women's studies
    Subject: bell hooks, Liv Mickla, Planned Parenthood, Project Runway
    Description: Selena Meza identifies as a Mexican-American queer trans femme assigned male at birth. She uses they/them and she/her pronouns. She’s from Chicago, Illinois originally and then moved to Nekoosa, Wi...
  11. 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, Repression (Psychology), Robbery, Schools, Sexual harassment, Sexuality, Suicide, Theatre, Therapists, Transgender people, Transitioning
    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...
  12. Interview with Kya Concepcion

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Concepcion, Kya
    Date: Oct. 24, 2017
    Topics: Battering, Black people, Bullying, Cherokee women, Clubs, Cocaine, Coming out, Education, Families, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Intersex, Intimate partner violence, Partners, Psychotherapy, Sex workers, Sexual abuse, Sexuality, Substance abuse, Tomboys, Transgender people
    Description: Kya Concepcion identifies as a black pansexual trans femme non-binary tomboy and was assigned male at birth. They also have an intersex condition. Professionally they use she/her pronouns but prefe...
  13. 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...
  14. Interview with Gaebriel Lyrek

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Lyrek, Gaebriel
    Date: Aug. 7, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Assigned gender, Biology, Bullying, Child abuse, Clothing, Crossdressing, Drag, Families, FtMs, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Health insurance, Marriage, Outing, Partners, Passing, Phalloplasty
    Description: Gaebriel Lyrek identifies as a straight male and was assigned female at birth. He grew up in Montrose, Minnesota on a dairy farm in the middle of a cornfield and went to school in Buffalo, Minnesot...
  15. 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 ...