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  1. Rose Wood Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Wood, Rose, Schoo, Deidre
    Date: Nov. 26, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Androgyny, Artists, Death and dying, Drag, Drugs, Gay pride, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Parents, Performing arts, Strippers, Transgender identity, Transitioning
    Description: Rose Wood talks to interviewer Deidre Schoo about her experience as a performance artist in New York City. She shares information about her childhood and her family, specifically her father, and wh...
  2. Vivian Lopez Ponce Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Ponce, Vivian Lopez, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Aug. 21, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, AIDS activists, Discos, Family members, HIV/AIDS, Homosexuality, MtFs, Sexology, Sexual relationships, Sexuality, Support groups, Transgender people, Women
    Description: In an interview with Sebástian Castro Niculescu, activist Vivian Lopez Ponce details her struggles with her gender identity throughout her life, including a lack of familial acceptance and family d...
  3. Akasha Barker Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Barker, Akasha, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Jul. 12, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Androgyny, Arrests, Arts and entertainment occupations, Beauty schools, Body image, Change of name, Drugs, Education, Family members, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Isolation, LGBTI community, Mental health, Music, NGOs, Police brutality, Sexually abused children, Support groups, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Description: In this conversation with interviewer Sebastián Castro Niculescu, entertainer Akasha Barker (she/her/hers & they/them/theirs) discusses her journey with her gender identity during the HIV/AIDS epid...
  4. Carla Roldos Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Roldos, Carla, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Apr. 18, 2018
    Topics: Appearance, Death and dying, Drag balls, Employment discrimination, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, LGBTI community, Mental health, MtFs, Nursing, Passing, Politics, Public safety, Role models, Support groups, Transgender people
    Subject: Gay mother
    Description: In an interview with Anna Keyes, trans woman Carla Roldos talks about her experiences transitioning and becoming a member of the trans community in New York City. Roldos specifically discusses the ...
  5. Josephine Perez Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Keyes, Anna, Perez, Josephine
    Date: Mar. 23, 2018
    Topics: Abuse, Activists, Childhood, Coming out, Drag, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Housing, LGBTI community, MtFs, Organisations, Police, Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual orientation, Street violence, Substance abuse, Transgender community, Transgender prostitutes, Transgender youth, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Audre Lorde Project
  6. Grace Detrevarah Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Detrevarah, Grace, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Feb. 21, 2018
    Topics: Dancers, Drag queens, Families, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Immigrants, LGBTI community, Religions, Sex workers, Social integration, Transgender people, Writers
    Subject: Candy Labeija, LaRoque Bey
    Description: Grace Detrevarah, a self-proclaimed "spiritual black trans woman" talks to Anna Keyes about her supportive parents and rebellious adolescence, and growing up in an environment far removed from a tr...
  7. 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, Stigmatisation, Transgender people, Transgender prostitution, Transitioning
    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...
  8. Ei Meeker Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Meeker, Ei
    Date: Oct. 9, 2017
    Topics: Activists, AIDS organisations, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Community centres, Direct action, Educators, Families, FtMs, Gender identity, Gender role, Harassment, Health care, Help lines, HIV/AIDS, Housing, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Politics, Roman catholicism, Schools, Sex education, Sexuality, Tolerance, Transgender children, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: ACT-UP, Bailey House, Ei Meeker, Terry McGovern
  9. Shannon Harrington Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lewis, AJ, Harrington, Shannon
    Date: Jul. 26, 2017
    Topics: AIDS organisations, Bars, Childhood, Discos, Drag, Drag balls, Drag queens, Entertainers, Events, Friendships, Fundraising, Gay community, HIV/AIDS, Labelling, Mafia, MtFs, Murders, Night life, Parents, Performing arts, Recreational drug use, Relationships, Transgender community, Travel, Wigs
    Subject: Bailey House, Boy Bar, Dorian Corey, God's Love We Deliver, International Chrysis, Lee Brewster, Shannon Harrington, Wigstock
    Description: Shannon Harrington is a wig master, hair chaser, and make-up artist who has been living in New York City for over 30 years. In this interview Miss Shannon provides meaningful and nuanced insight in...
  10. Cecilia Gentili Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Gentili, Cecilia
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Addictions, Childhood, Clothing, Dictatorships, Drugs, Families, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Immigration, Immigration policy, Imprisonment, Labour, MtFs, Organisations, Passing, Relationships, Sex workers, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Cecilia Gentili, Gay Men's Health Crisis
    Description: Cecilia Gentili is the Director of Policy at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC). In this wide-ranging interview, she reflects on the relationships and experiences that inform her story of struggle, res...
  11. Bianey Garcia Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Garcia, Bianey
    Date: Jul. 13, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Coming out, Discrimination, Families, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Immigration, Immigration law, Imprisonment, Latin american cultures, Lawyers, LGBTI community, MtFs, Organisations, Police, Prisons, Racism, Sex workers, Sexual abuse, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Bianey Garcia, Make the Road
    Description: Bianey Garcia is a community organizer at Make the Road New York, a non-profit organization providing services and advocacy for Latinx and working class communities. Born in Veracruz, Mexico and ra...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Paris Milane Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Milane, Paris
    Date: Jun. 22, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Change of name, Childhood, Clothing, Colleges, Crimes, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Housing, MtFs, Organisations, Sex workers, Stealth, Substance abuse, Support groups, Transgender community, Unemployment, Violence
    Subject: Housing Works, Paris Milane
    Description: Paris shares her experience of growing up in Atlanta and starting to “live her truth” at a young age. She recalls finding reassurance in a community of other Black trans women for the first time an...
  14. Jamie Bauer Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Bauer, Jamie
    Date: Jun. 5, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Age, Childhood, Civil rights, Clothing, Coming out, Dating, Demonstrations, Drugs, Ethnic groups, FtMs, Gay rights, Gender diversity, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Lesbian community, Liberation movements, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Therapists, Transgender community, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Work situation
    Subject: ACT-UP, Anita Bryant, Jamie Bauer, Women's Pentagon Action
    Description: Jamie Bauer recounts their childhood and adolescence growing up in New York City’s Stuyvesant Town, resisting family pressure to conform to normative gender expressions and discovering butch femme ...
  15. Shelby Chestnut Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Chestnut, Shelby
    Date: May 14, 2017
    Topics: Addictions, Arts, Butches, Clothing, Coming out, Depression, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Identity, Indian reservations--Montana, Learning difficulties, LGBTI community, Native americans, Relationships, Representation, Schools, Sexuality, Suburbs, Transgender rights, Violence, Youth
    Subject: Janet Mock
    Description: Shelby Chestnut describes their childhood and adolescence between Montana and Minnesota, discussing friendships and family, bullying and acceptance, mixed-race (Native American and white) identity,...