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  1. Amaree Jael Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Jael, Amaree, Maya, Elliott
    Date: Aug. 15, 2016
    Topics: Bigender people, Black people, Bullying, Homophobia, Isolation, Parents of transgender people, Poverty, Race identity, Racism, Sexuality, Slavery, Social exclusion, Transgender community, Transitioning, Transsexual people, Verbal abuse, Visibility
    Subject: Amaree Jael
  2. 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 ...
  3. Cerah Rowley Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Rowley, Cerah, Towne, Tyler
    Date: Mar. 23, 2018
    Topics: Addictions, Appearance, Childhood, Families, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Homophobia, Musicians, Religions, Sexuality, Transgenderism
  4. 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...
  5. Eli Oberman Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Oberman, Eli, Milks, M. Henry
    Date: Feb. 20, 2017
    Topics: Breast cancer, Bullying, Coming out, Depression, Families, Femininity, Feminism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, Homophobia, Hormones, Loneliness, Misogyny, Musicians, Passing, Patriarchy, Therapies, Transphobia
    Subject: Eli Oberman, The New School
    Description: Eli Oberman—one of, if not the first, trans-identified students at Eugene Lang— talks about coming out as one of two very different trans children to a family of feminists, misogyny in transmasculi...
  6. Interview with Barms

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Barms
    Date: May 17, 2019
    Topics: Anarchism, Anthropology, Anti-transgender violence, Art history, Autism spectrum disorders, Bars, Bisexual identity, Bisexuality, Childhood, Children, Christianity, Class struggle, Clubs, Coming out, Communism, Construction workers, Disabilities, Femininity, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender role, Gentrification, Hate speech, Homophobia, Internet, Labour movement, Marxism, Masculinity, Mental disorders, New Left, People with disabilities, Performance art, Pronoun, Relationships, Religions, Sexuality, Socialism, Solidarity, Surgery, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Writers
    Subject: 9/11 Terror Attacks, A Red Bloom, Chris O'Feeley, Me Too Movement, Michael Bloomberg, Pratt Institute, Queer Workers Project, Rudy Guiliani, Sam Goody, True Scum
    Description: Barms is a construction worker apprentice and a communist. In this interview, they discuss the role of philosophy and abstract thinking for themselves and many trans people as a strategy of managin...
  7. Interview with Capri Kasai

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Kasai, Capri
    Date: Mar. 19, 2019
    Topics: Black people, Body image, Child abuse, Childhood, Climatic changes, Conservatism, Disaster medicine, Divorce, Environmental justice, Environmentalism, Femininity, Film, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender role, Health care, Homophobia, Internet, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Liberalism, Masculinity, Military, Misogyny, Moving, Household, Music, Parents, Politics, Polygamy, Public health, Queer theory, Racism, Religions, Skinheads, Southern States, Visibility, Writers
    Description: Capri recounts their childhood in a military family and the resulting relocations that their family underwent. They address family dynamics that continue to affect their inner monologue and relatio...
  8. Interview with Cayden Betzig

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Betzig, Cayden
    Date: Jun. 12, 2019
    Topics: Childhood, Education, Family members, Gay men, Gender diversity, Health insurance, Hinduism, Homophobia, Hormones, Labour movement, Language, LGBTI community, Politics, Psychotherapy, Religions, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transgender youth, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Callen-Lorde's Health Outreach to Teens Program, City Year, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), George Mason University, Hunter College, New York University (NYU), Student Labor Action Movement, United Federation of Teachers (UFT)
    Description: Cayden discusses his work as an untenured and trans educator. He reflects on his involvement in the NYC’s teacher’s union the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the UFT’s social justice caucus...
  9. 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, 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 ...
  10. Interview with Farah Khimji

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Khimji, Farah
    Date: May 22, 2019
    Topics: African cultures, Aggression, Capitalism, Childhood, Coming out, Cultures, Family members, Feminists, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Gujarati diaspora, Health care, Homophobia, Insurance, Islam, Labour movement, LGBTI community, Machismo, Marxism, Microaggressions, Pronoun, Religions, Trade unions, Transphobia
    Subject: Callen-Lorde Health Center, LIES, Teen Cosmo, Teen Vouge
    Description: Farah Khimji discusses living at the intersection of being non-binary, Ismaili Muslim and an atheist. They are the co-founder of LIES, a materialist feminist journal exploring theories and experien...
  11. 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, Special education, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, 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...
  12. Interview with Hannah Baer

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Baer, Hannah
    Date: Feb. 19, 2019
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Buddhism, Capitalism, Femininity, Feminists, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Group relations training, Health care, Higher education, Homophobia, Insurance, Judaism, Masculinity, Microaggressions, Music, Plastic surgery, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Racism, Sexism, Social media, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Writers
    Subject: Against Me!, Eileen Fisher, Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS), Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), Joseph Stern Center for Social Responsibility (JCC), Transcend Legal
  13. Interview with Hayden Gibson

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Gibson, Hayden
    Date: Jul. 27, 2019
    Topics: Adoption, Bars, Change of name, Christianity, Gender diversity, Homophobia, Job applications, Judaism, LGBTI community, Librarians, Police, Punk, Sexism, Writers
    Subject: Brooklyn Pride, Dyke March, Fun Home, Ginger's, Henrietta Hudson's, Left Hand of Darkness, Oranges Aren't the Only Fruit, Stonewall
    Description: Hayden Gibson was born in Calhoun Falls, South Carolina. In this interview, Hayden shares their experiences about growing up in an adopted evangelical family, making the courageous move to New York...
  14. Interview with Iele Paloumpis

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Paloumpis, Iele
    Date: Mar. 6, 2019
    Topics: Abuse, Androgyny, Baptist church, Childhood, Christianity, Dancers, Disabilities, Eastern orthodox churches, Education, Humanistic, Gay theology, Gender diversity, Gender studies, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Liberation theology, Occultism, Pronoun, Sexually abused children, Spirituality, Terminal care, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia, Working class
    Subject: Arts and Literact Program, Coalition for Hispanic Family Services, End-of-Life Doula, Hollins University
  15. Interview with Mx. Enigma

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Enigma, Mx.
    Date: Mar. 3, 2019
    Topics: Arab-Israeli conflict, Change of name, Class struggle, Coming out, Gender diversity, Gender role, Homophobia, Jews, Judaism, Orthodox Judaism, Pronoun, Religions, Spirituality, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia, Zionism
    Subject: Ali Forney Center, Art and Acceptance, Footsteps, Manhattan Neighbor and Network, Marsha's House
    Description: Mx.Enigma aka Je'Jae Cleopatra Daniels (They/Them) discusses their ostracism growing up in a Orthodox Jewish community for their race, class & gender, their later experiences of homelessness, findi...