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  1. Interview with Andrew Ahl

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Ahl, Andrew, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Jul. 1, 2016
    Topics: Air force, Army, Atheism, Bartending, Bathrooms, Christianity, Coming out, Depression, Divorce, Drag, Employment, Families, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Hormones, Internet, Marriage, Military, Parents of transgender people, Sports, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: Andrew Ahl, Don't Ask, Don't Tell, National Security Administration, Target Corporation
    Description: Andrew (Drew) Ahl is a transgender man in his mid-thirties living in St. Louis Park, MN. In this oral history, Ahl recounts growing up in a religious, military household with his dad, his time serv...
  2. Interview With Breatta Bee Amore

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Amore, Breatta Bea
    Date: Feb. 16, 2017
    Topics: African Americans, AIDS (Disease)--Patients, Bathrooms, Christianity, Coming out, Dating, Drug abuse, Employment discrimination, Femininity, Film mini-series, Harassment, HIV/AIDS, MtFs, Pornographic films, Self-acceptance, Single parent families
    Description: Breatta Bee Amore was 58 at the time of the interview. She is a black trans female living with AIDS and was assigned male at birth. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, predominately raised in Chica...
  3. Interview with Chishaun (CeCe) McDonald

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: McDonald, Chishaun Reed Mai'luv (CeCe)
    Date: Nov. 27, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Appearance, Assigned gender, Black people, Christianity, Coming out, Courts, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Families, Femmes, Gay boys, Gay identity, Gender dysphoria, Heteronormativity, HIV/AIDS, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Murders, Neonazism, Physical violence, Prisons, Racism, Relationships, Role behaviour, Sissies, Suicide, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Verbal abuse
    Subject: Angela Davis, Brandon Teena, Caitlyn Jenner, Christine Jorgensen, Dean Spade, Dorothy Day Shelter, Free CeCe, George Zimmerman, Honey Bear Royal, Howard Brown Center, Jerry Springer Show, Laverne Cox, Magic Johnson, Marci Bowers, Matthew Shepherd, Normal Life, The New Jim Crowe, Trayvon Martin
    Description: CeCe McDonald identifies as a black woman and was assigned male at birth. Her full name is Chrishaun Reed Mai’luv McDonald. She was 27 at the time of the interview and is the oldest of seven siblin...
  4. 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, 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....
  5. Interview with George Hoagland

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Hoagland, George
    Date: Aug. 24, 2017
    Topics: Androgyny, Assigned gender, Black people, Change of name, Christianity, Dating, Depression, Effeminacy, Families of military personnel, Family members, Gender fluid, Gender role, Heteronormativity, Marriage, Mental disorders, Police, Reduction mammaplasty, Schools, Separation, Tomboys
    Subject: Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Color and Indigenous People Studies (QTIPOCI)
    Description: George Hoagland identifies as black and androgynous. They were assigned female at birth and use all pronouns. There were born on a naval base in Yokosuka, Japan. They grew up in San Diego, Californ...
  6. Interview with Haylee Veazey

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Veazey, Haylee
    Date: Dec. 1, 2016
    Topics: Bisexual identity, Bullying, Christianity, Clinics, Coming out, Conservatives, Electrolysis, Family members, Femininity, Gay-straight alliances, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Health care, Health insurance, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Medicaid, Medical care, Medical policy, MtFs, Overweight people, Relationships, Religions, Sexism, Stress, Transgender people, Transitioning, Women
    Subject: Affordable Care Act, Hennepin County Medical Center
    Description: Haylee Veazey identifies as a bisexual transgender woman assigned male at birth. She was born and raised in Farmington, New Mexico and grew up in a conservative Christian home. She has an older bro...
  7. Interview with Jessi Brandon

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Brandon, Jessi, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Nov. 27, 2016
    Topics: Autism spectrum disorders, Bisexuality, Black people, Boarding schools, Christianity, Gender diversity, Gender minorities, Masculinity, Neurotic disorders, Politics, Resistance movements, Sexual orientation, Transgender people
    Subject: Jessi Brandon, Trump Administration
    Description: Jessi Brandon is freshman studying at Macalester College, who recently moved from Enterprise, Alabama to St. Paul, Minnesota. In this interview, they discuss growing up in Germany; early childhood ...
  8. 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...
  9. Interview with Julienne Brown (Mizz June)

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Brown, Julienne (Mizz June)
    Date: May 6, 2016
    Topics: African American transgender people, Allies, Bullying, Christianity, Clothing, Dating, Femininity, Film, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gentrification, Intersectionality (Sociology), Labelling, LGBTI community, Migration, Representation, Role behaviour, Schools, Sexism, Sexual identity, Transgender identity, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Audre Lorde Project (ALP), FIERCE, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Julienne Brown “Mizz June,” grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She describes her strong relationship with her grandfather and her challenges with her mother’s adherence to her Jehovah’s W...
  10. Interview with June Remus, Part 1 of 2

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Remus, June
    Date: Aug. 5, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Black people, Children, Christianity, Discos, Divorce, Gender realignment surgery, Grandchildren, Marriage, MtFs, Racism, Religions, Retirement, Sexuality, Social integration, Strippers, Transgender youth, Transsexual people, Women
    Subject: June Remus, Transgender Equity Summit, University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality
    Description: June Remus is a 70 year old black woman who describes herself as a “post-operative transsexual.” In this rich oral history, Remus’ big and generous personality shines through. She discusses her lif...
  11. Interview with June Remus, Part 2 of 2

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Remus, June
    Date: Aug. 5, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Black people, Children, Christianity, Discos, Divorce, Gender realignment surgery, Grandchildren, Marriage, MtFs, Racism, Religions, Retirement, Sexuality, Social integration, Strippers, Transgender youth, Transsexual people, Women
    Subject: June Remus, Transgender Equity Summit, University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality
    Description: June Remus is a 70 year old black woman who describes herself as a “post-operative transsexual.” In this rich oral history, Remus’ big and generous personality shines through. She discusses her lif...
  12. Interview with Lawrence Tanner Richardson

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Richardson, Lawrence Tanner
    Date: Jun. 10, 2016
    Topics: African American transgender people, Androgyny, Assigned gender, Bisexuality, Child abuse, Christianity, Depression, Drug abuse, Families, Femininity, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Homeless people, Identity, Language, Loneliness, Marriage, Menstruation, Mental disorders, Police, Puberty, Role behaviour, Self-acceptance, Separation, Sexual orientation, Suicide, Transgender people
    Subject: Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, OutFront Minnesota
    Description: Lawrence Tanner Richardson identifies as a queer black trans man who was assigned female at birth. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and had a difficult childhood. He’s the oldest with two sisters...
  13. Interview with Lourdes Ashley Hunter

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Hunter, Lourdes Ashley
    Date: Mar. 22, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Assigned gender, Black people, Bullying, Christianity, Families, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Genocide, Hair--Removal, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Liberation movements, Self-acceptance, Transgender people, Violence
    Subject: Barack Obama, Creating Change, Ellie Ford, Islan Nettles, Laverne Cox, Queers for Economic Justice, Slyvia Rivera Law Project, Trans Justice, Trans Youth Group, TransWomen of Color Collective, Women's March
    Description: Lourdes Ashley Hunter is a black trans woman who was born in 1976 in Detroit, Michigan where they* lived for twenty-six years. They are a gender non-conforming, non-binary gender abolitionist and s...
  14. Interview with Renan (Ashley) Sapalaran

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Sapalaran, Renan
    Date: May 16, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Anti-transgender violence, Appearance, Bathrooms, Catholic schools, Celebrities, Christianity, Church--Unity, Colorism, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Families, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Identity, Immigration, Katoeys, Linguistics, Occupations, Passing, Politicians, Privilege (Social psychology), Pronoun, Psychiatrists, Relationships, Same-sex marriage, Self-acceptance, Sex workers, Skin--Bleaching, Social advocacy, Spirituality, Surgery, Transgender people, Translations, Visas
    Subject: Barack Obama, Laverne Cox
    Description: Renan (Ashlee) Sapalaran identifies as female and was assigned male at birth. She is from the Philippines. Her father is a policeman and has always been supportive of her transition. She struggled ...
  15. Interview with Toni Pajak

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Pajak, Toni
    Date: Nov. 23, 2015
    Topics: Acceptance, Assigned gender, Body image, Christianity, Classism, Coming out, Crossdressers, Dating, Depression, Diabetes, Discrimination, Divorce, Employment discrimination, Family members, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Hair--Removal, Health insurance, Heterosexual women, Hormones, Information technology, Marriage, Military, MtFs, Politics, Pregnancy, Public safety, Racism, Relationships, Religions, Sexual orientation, Sexual practices, Social media, Sports, Therapies, Transitioning, Transsexual people
    Description: Toni Pajak identifies as a transsexual woman assigned male at birth. She was born in 1968. She grew up in North Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to grade school in the early 1970s. Her parents divor...