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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. An Interview with Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: We Who Feel Differently
    Creator: Sycamore, Mattilda Bernstein, Motta, Carlos
    Date: Mar. 5, 2011
    Topics: Activists, Child abuse, Childhood, Education, Secrecy, Self-acceptance, Sexual abuse, Sexuality
    Description: Mattilda offers a self-description, saying "I am a writer, activist, editor, social critic, a bit of a troublemaker, and a contrarian. My work is about challenging the violence of the assimilationi...
  3. Interview with Jessica Polacek

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Polacek, Jessica
    Date: Aug. 17, 2016
    Topics: Army, Child abuse, Childhood, Christianity, Coming out, Divorce, Lesbians, Marriage, Mental disorders
    Subject: Jessica Polacek, Veteran’s Administration hospital
    Description: Jessica Polacek, a self-described “woman of transgender history,” recounts the stories of her life so far with great care in this oral history. Polacek has spent her life in the Upper Midwest, livi...
  4. Rafaela Anshel Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Arban, Courtney
    Date: Jul. 13, 2017
    Topics: Age, Child abuse, Childhood, Choirs, Clothing, Coming out, Families, Friendships, Gay identity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Judaism, LGBTI community, MtFs, Music, Popular culture, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Privacy, Relationships, Self-acceptance, Sexual assault, Sexual practices, Social workers, Stereotypes, Support groups, Therapies, Transgender people, Transitioning, Violence
    Subject: Gender Identity Project, Rafaela Anshel
    Description: Rafaela Anshel is a Jewish trans woman, affiliated with the Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. This interview is a reflection of Anshel’s transition. She details accounts from youth up until present ...
  5. Santos Arce Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Arce, Santos, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Child abuse, Childhood, Class struggle, Clothing, Coming out, Families, Friendships, FtMs, Gender identity, Hormones, Labour, Latinos, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Music, Music groups, Musicians, Night life, Relationships, Sex education, Sexual orientation, Sexuality, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Description: Santos, a bassist and sex educator, shares the story of his life in New York City, from his strict upbringing in East New York in the 80's, to his introduction to the punk and hardcore scene in the...