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  1. Interview with Roxanne Anderson

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Anderson, Roxanne, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Jul. 23, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Appearance, Artists, Discrimination, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Hormones, Racially mixed people
    Subject: queer identity, Transmasculine
    Description: In this oral history, Roxanne Anderson reflects on their experiences as a black, masculine of center, gender nonconforming person living in the Midwest. Anderson describes what they see as the most...
  2. Interview with Roze Brooks (R.B.)

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Brook, Roze, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Nov. 3, 2016
    Topics: Activists, Adolescence, Allies, Bathrooms, Colleges, Education, Families, Friends, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Higher education, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Politics, Sexism, Sexuality, Support groups, Transphobia
    Subject: Title IX
    Description: In this oral history, Roze (R.B.) Brooks shares their experiences about growing up in St. Louis, MO and their journey of doing queer and trans activism and advocacy work in higher education at Univ...
  3. Interview with Ryann Holmes

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Holmes, Ryann
    Date: May 14, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Anti-transgender violence, Black people, Childhood, Christianity, Dating, Family members, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender role, Hormones, Lesbianism, Parents (LGBTQ), Pronoun, Religions, Secondary education, Tomboys, Transgender parents, Transgender people
    Subject: Bklyn Boihood, Black Trans TV, Miss Major
    Description: In this dialogue, Ryann Holmes discusses their life with Sir Knight of BlackTransTV. Ryann co-founded bklyn boihood, an organization for transmasculine people of color. Ryann discusses being a tomb...
  4. 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
  5. Interview with Sandy James

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: James, Sandy
    Date: Sep. 29, 2017
    Topics: African American transgender people, Census, Colonization, Discrimination, FtMs, Gender diversity, Immigrants, Linguistics, Police, Poor, Private schools, Privilege (Social psychology), Racism, Role behaviour, Social advocacy, Sports, Statistics, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Forth Annual Trans Equity Summit, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
    Description: Sandy James identifies as a black trans man only in circles of people who understand and was assigned female at birth. He describes his experiences being a black female where typically he fared bet...
  6. Interview with Stef Wilenchek

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Wilenchek, Stef
    Date: Sep. 11, 2015
    Topics: Bisexuality, Coming out, Depression, Disabilities, Discrimination, Eating disorders, Family members, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Health insurance, Heteronormativity, Higher education, Homophobia, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Intersex, Justice, LGBTI community, Parenthood, Partners (LGBTQ), Police brutality, Politics, Pronoun, Puberty, Race, Racism, Schools, Self-acceptance, Sexism, Sexuality, Transgender community, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Laverne Cox
    Description: Stef Wilenchek shares their experiences growing up middle class in the South, coming out as gay in college and discovering their genderqueer identity through their work in LGBTQ college student ser...
  7. Interview with Tamlyn Murray

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Murray, Tamlyn
    Date: Dec. 27, 2016
    Topics: Asexuality, Bisexuality, Bullying, Change of name, Coming out, Electrolysis, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Gender-nonconforming people, Hair--Removal, Harassment, Health care, Intersex, Mental illness, Misogyny, Psychic trauma, Sexuality, Surgery, Plastic, Transphobia
    Subject: Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
    Description: Tamlyn Murray grew up in Centerville, Minnesota, a country town with farms that Murray describes as having zero resources for trans people. She has two younger sisters and two younger brothers. Gro...
  8. 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 (LGBTQ), Religions, Sexual orientation, Sexual practices, Social media, Sports, Therapies, Transitioning (Transgender), 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...
  9. Interview with Toni-Michelle Williams

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Willliams, Toni-Michelle
    Date: Jun. 7, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Androgyny, Arrests, Black people, Coming out, Courts, Drag, Drag queens, Femininity, Gay men, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Heterosexuals, Hormone therapy, Legal process, Transgender people
    Subject: Access Aids Health Care, Barack Obama, Emerging Leaders Initiative with the National Black Justice Coalition, Jasmine Dyree, Jasmine Gray, Jim Crowe, Kimberly Waldon, Laverne Cox, Leading the Education of Gay and Straight Individuals (LEGSI), Morgan Harrison, National Organization for Women (NOW), Rob Burr, RuPaul, Sojourner Truth, Sojourner Truth Leadership Fellowship for Black Trans Women, Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative, T Girls Empowerment, Tijuana Michelle Ponder, Toni Braxton
    Description: Toni-Michelle Williams is a 26-year-old heterosexual black woman of trans experience from Atlanta, Georgia where she was born. She’s attracted to black men, and she also identifies as a magical bla...
  10. Interview with Tourmaline

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Tourmaline
    Date: Sep. 18, 2019
    Topics: Ableism, Artists, Black people, Black power, Black studies, Christianity, Discrimination, Film, Gender diversity, Gender role, Gentrification, HIV-positive people, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Housing, Kwanzaa, Prisons, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Atlanta is a Sea of Bones, Black Panthers, Critical Resistance 10 (CR 10), Curb Resistance, David Farwell, Diane Davies, Faith Soloway, FIERCE, Happy Birthday, Marsha, Invaders, Jay Toole, Joseph DeFilippis, Legacy of Bones, Marcus Garvey, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Egyptt, Miss Major, Mudbound, Ola Osaze, Queers for Economic Justice, Sasha Warsal, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Taking Freedom Home, The Door, The House of Lady Snow, Veterans Affairs (VA), Welfare Warriors, Women's Liberation Front
  11. Interview With Tracie Jada O'Brien

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: O'Brien, Tracie Jada
    Date: Jan. 13, 2017
    Topics: Adult child abuse victims--Mental health, African American transgender people, African Americans--Legal status, laws, etc, Assigned gender, Blacks--Segregation, Bullying, Christianity, Cosmetics, Counselors, Depression, Mental, Drag queens, Families, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormone therapy, Imprisonment, MtFs, Police raids, Religions, Sexual abuse, Sexual assault, Sexual practices, Transgender prostitution
    Subject: Affordable Care Act, Christine Jorgensen, Miss Fannie's Ball, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Tenderloin, The Center for Special Problems
    Description: Tracie Jada O’Brien identifies as an African American female and was assigned male at birth. She was 65 at the time of the interview. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri in the 1950s and 1960s in an...
  12. Interview with Tuesday Smillie

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Smille, Tuesday
    Date: Oct. 11, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Animal rights activists, Artists, Childhood, Coming out, Ethnic groups, Family members, Gay liberation, Gender diversity, Relationships (LGBTQ), Social classes, Transgender community, Transgender people, Visual arts, Zines
    Subject: Adele Carpenter, Ali Forney Center, Kirsten Rossi, Michelle O'Brien, Sergio Rodriguez, Silence of the Lambs, Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Ursula K. Le Guin, Wangechi Mutu
    Description: (Photo of Tuesday and interviewer Michelle). Tuesday Smillie is a visual artist whose work grapples with power and violence. In this interview, Tuesday recounts her coming out in a radical queer yo...
  13. Interview with Vanessa Sheridan

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Sheridan, Vanessa
    Date: Jul. 12, 2016
    Topics: Assigned gender, Black people, Coming out, Families, Fundamentalism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Hate crimes, Homophobia, Law, Murders of LGBTQ people, Partners (LGBTQ), Performing arts, Racism, Religions, Socioeconomic characteristics, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Chaz Bono, City of Lakes Crossgender Community (CLCC), Crossing Over, HB2, Jerry Springer Show, Laura Jane Grace, Laverne Cox, Liberating the Transgendered Christian, Maury Povich, Phyllis Randolph Frye, Pulse Night Club, RuPaul, The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace, Virginia Prince, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
    Description: Vanessa Sheridan identifies as transgender and was assigned male at birth. She knew she was different from the age of 2 or 3 but didn’t understand what it meant at the time since she had no framewo...
  14. Interview with Venus DeMars part 2

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: DeMars, Venus
    Date: Sep. 12, 2017
    Topics: Appearance, Assigned gender, Clothing, Coming out, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Drag, Film industry, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Marriage, Masculinity, Mental health, MtFs, Music groups, Outing, Pronoun, Rock music, Sexuality, Support groups, Therapies, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Subject: Human Rights Act
    Description: Venus de Mars identifies as a male to female trans female and assigned male at birth. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1960 and had surgery as a baby to appear more male. She came out as trans ...
  15. Interview with Zeam Porter

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Porter, Zeam
    Date: Dec. 29, 2016
    Topics: Activists, Age, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Family members, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Intersectionality (Sociology), Masculinity, Medical interventions, Mental disorders, Poetry, Privilege (Social psychology), Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Sexual orientation, Sports
    Subject: Gender Revolution 8, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, OutFront Minnesota
    Description: Zeam Porter identifies as a black polyamorous transmasculine genderqueer demiboy and was assigned female at birth. His gender is very fluid but also grounded in being trans masculine. They prefer h...