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  1. Interview with Susan Stryker

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Stryker, Susan
    Date: Oct. 22, 2019
    Topics: Activists, AIDS activists, BDSM, Childhood, Crossdressing, Ethnic groups, Historians, Homophobia, Hormones, Leather community, Lesbian culture, Lesbians, Masculinity, Military, Mormonism, Peace movement, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Social classes, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transgender studies
    Subject: Blue Jeans Day, Christine Jorgensen, Dear Abby, Gay Activist Alliance, Gay and Lesbian Historical Society, Gay Pieere, I Want What I Want, Janice Raymond, Leslie Feinberg, Patrick Califia-Rice, Perversion: The Erotic Form of Hatred, Renee Richards, Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Transgender Studies Quarterly (TSQ), The Transsexual Empire: the Making of the She-Male, Transgender Liberation: A Movement whose Time has Come, Victor Silverman
  2. Interview with Robbi Ann Mecus

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Mecus, Robbi Ann
    Date: Aug. 23, 2019
    Topics: Anti-gay violence, Anti-transgender violence, Bathrooms, Crossdressing, Disabilities, Drag, Family members, Femininity, Forest rangers, Gay pride, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gentrification, Health care, Homophobia, Internalised homophobia, Lesbians, LGBTI community, Machismo, Masculinity, Parenthood, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Police, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Roman catholicism, Secrecy, Sexism, Siblings, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people, Visibility
    Subject: 2017 Women's March, Bizarre Bushwick, Donald Trump, Kate Bornstein, Renee Richards, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Second Serve, Stonewall, The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), Trans Day of Action
    Description: In this interview, Robbi Ann Mecus describes her journey from growing up with her family, experiencing gender dysphoria in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, to living as her ...
  3. Interview with Erica Connerney

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Connerney, Erica
    Date: Jul. 16, 2019
    Topics: AIDS awareness, Anti-transgender violence, Asian religions, Asian studies, Bisexuality, Buddhism, Cabaret, Change of name, Childhood, Crossdressing, Employment discrimination, Erotica, Family members, Gay liberation, Gay political groups, Gay pride, Gender realignment surgery, Gentrification, Government, Hijras, Isolation, Lesbian culture, Lesbian girls, Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Roman catholicism, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Transgender people, Transphobia, Transsexual people, Women's colleges, Writers
    Subject: Boston Globe, Central Asian Studies, Corporal Klinger, Cubbyhole, Donald Trump, Dyke March, Get Behind Me Satan, Henrietta Hudson's, Jacque's, Janice Raymond, Jeff Sessions, Kamilah Harris, M*A*S*H, MacDowell Colony, On Our Backs, Pace University, Pat Oleszko, Pose, Queer Liberation March, Rita Hester, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susie Bright, The Queen of Exit Seventeen, The Transsexual Empire, The Upside-down Tree: India's Changing Culture, Trans Advocate, Trans Day of Action, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF), Vera Lex: Journal of the International Natural Law Society, Wheaton College, Wicca
    Description: Erica Connerney is a philosophy/trans literature professor and author living in Tribeca, NY. She discusses her past and present in terms of her identity as a transsexual woman, as well as her hopes...
  4. Interview with Kay Gabriel

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Gabriel, Kay
    Date: Jun. 4, 2019
    Topics: Anarchism, Anarchists, Arab Spring, 2010-, Capitalism, Childhood, Christianity, Class struggle, Classicists, Communism, Crossdressing, Eating disorders, Jews, Modernism, MtFs, Poetry (LGBTQ), Poets, Self-mutilation, Therapists, Transitioning (Transgender), Zionism
    Subject: Euripides, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Occupy Wallstreet
    Description: Kay Grabriel discusses studying critical theory and literature, her radicalization through Occupy Wall Street and becoming a communist, and her writing as a poet. Kay grew up in a left Jewish famil...
  5. 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 (gender), Passing (sexuality), 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 ...
  6. Interview with Jeaux Henry

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Henry, Jeaux
    Date: May 22, 2019
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Being in love, Black people, Childhood, Coming out, Crossdressing, Dating, Family members, Gender diversity, Gender role, Health care, Lesbian culture, Lesbians, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Pronoun, Psychotherapy, Secondary education, Social media, Solidarity, Transgender archives, Transgender community, Transgender people, Visibility, Women
    Subject: Bklyn Boihood, Black Boi Complex, Black Trans TV, Callen-Lorde Health Center, General Education Development (GED), Job Corps, One Medical Group, Racquel Reid, The Lighthouse, Zocdoc
    Description: Jeaux narrates their coming into black trans boihood, from their childhood in Atlanta to their life in New York City today. As the creator of Black Boi Complex, a virtual community for masculine-of...
  7. 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, Soft butches, Special education, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), 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...
  8. Interview with Sandra Mesics

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Mesics, Sandra
    Date: Jan. 14, 2019
    Topics: Childhood, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Drag, Drag balls, Drag queens, Family members, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Insurance, Journalists, Mardi gras, Marriage, Peace movement, Pronoun, Religions, Roman catholicism, Secrecy, Steel industry and trade, Surgery, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Subject: Angela Douglas, Betty Johnson, Bobby Ray, Brandy Alexander, Christine Jorgensen, David Wesser, Divine, Eddie Joe Stark, Elizabeth Coffey, Empathy Press, Eromin (Erotic Minorities) Center, Fantasia Fair, Gay Liberation Front, Harry Benjamin, Image, Jack O'Brien, John Money, John Ronald Brown, Lee Brewster, National Enquirer, National Insider, Neptune Productions, Pink Flamingos, Pudgy Roberts, Rachel Harlow, Radical Queens, Reed Erickson, Richard Finocchio, Stonewall Rebellion, The Daily Collegiate, The Transsexual Phenomenon, Third World Communications, Transsexual Action Organization (TAO), Transsexualism and Sex Reassignment, Transvestia, United Transvestites Transsexual Society (UTTS), Virginia Prince, Zelda Suplee
  9. Carolyn Connolly Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Connolly, Carolyn, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 25, 2018
    Topics: Alcoholism, Coming out, Crossdressing, Drug abuse, Homophobia, Punk, Transgender people, Transsexualism
    Description: Carolyn Connolly begins with her difficult childhood in a blue-collar Irish-Italian family in Flatlands, Brooklyn, her entry into metal scenes of NYC, and her radicalization into the Love and Rage ...
  10. Jules Skloot Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Skloot, Jules, Dicken, Matthew
    Date: Dec. 13, 2018
    Topics: Appearance, Arts and entertainment occupations, Crossdressing, Educators, Gender fluid, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Transgender people
    Subject: Leslie Feinberg
    Description: Jules Skloot talks to Matthew Dicken about his childhood and development of his gender identity, particularly his experiences with crossdressing and passing as a male at an early age. Over time, Sk...
  11. Margaret Berg Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Berg, Margaret, Anshel, Rafaela
    Date: Sep. 5, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Alcoholism, Androgyny, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Crossdressing, Families, Friendships, Gay identity, Gender identity, Health care, Labelling, Medical interventions, MtFs, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Religions, Schools, Self-acceptance, Sexuality, Stealth (Transgender), Suicidal behavior, Therapists, Transgender community, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people
    Subject: Christine Jorgensen, Gender Identity Project, Margaret Berg
  12. Chanel Lopez Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lopez, Chanel, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Jul. 31, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Adolescence, Appearance, Change of name, Christianity, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Drag balls, Drag community, Drugs, Families, Femininity, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Isolation, Mental health, Role models, Schools, Self-acceptance, Transgender community
    Subject: Anti Violence Project, Bronx Community Pride Center, Crash Club
    Description: Transgender communities liaison Chanel Lopez details her experience as a Latinx trans woman in both New York and the Dominican Republic. Lopez opens up to interviewer Sebastian Castro Niculescu abo...
  13. Dan Rosensweet Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Niculescu, Sebastián Castro, Rosensweet, Dan
    Date: Jun. 27, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Body image, Coming out, Crossdressing, Eating disorders, Families, Friendships, Gender identity, Homophobia, Hormones, Quality of life, Schools, Sexuality, Support groups, Transgender community
    Description: Interviewer Sebastián Castro Niculescu speaks to Dan Rosensweet about growing up in Brooklyn as an only child, coming out to family members as trans, and how in retrospect they can pinpoint moments...
  14. Donna M. Cartwright Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Cartwright, Donna M., O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 23, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Arrests, Beauty standards, Colleges, Coming out, Crossdressing, Dating, Drag queens, Ethnic relations, Events, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Labour movement, Marriage, Movement (LGBTQ), Normalisation, Organisations, Secrecy, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Stereotypes, Therapists, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transgender prostitutes, Transgender rights, Transgender youth, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Brandon Teena, Christine Jorgensen, Donna M. Cartwright, Gender Right Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), GenderPAC, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pride at Work, Terence Stamp, The New York Times
    Description: Donna Cartwright discusses her long history in the labor movement, as a socialist militant, in leading roles in trans rights organizing and LGBTQ organizations. She recounts her 30 years spent as a...
  15. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Griffin-Gracy, Major, Lewis, AJ
    Date: Dec. 16, 2017
    Topics: Care, Clothing, Crossdressing, Drag queens, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Law, Legal aid, Organisations, Police, Prisons, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Stigmatisation, Transgender people, Transgender prostitution, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Angels for Care, Christine Jorgensen, Griffin Gracy Historical Retreat and Resource Center, Harry Benjamin, Major Griffin-Gracy, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major, Sylvia Rivera, Tenderloin AIDs Resource Project, Trans Gender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project
    Description: In this interview, Miss Major talks about the culture of transwomen sex workers in New York City and Chicago during the 1960's through 1980's as well as her care-work and advocacy during the rise o...