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  1. 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, LGBTI movement, Marriage, Normalisation, Organisations, Secrecy, Sex workers, Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Stereotypes, Therapists, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transgender prostitutes, Transgender rights, Transgender youth, Transitioning
    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...
  2. Interview with Alex Iantaffi

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Iantaffi, Alex, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Oct. 6, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Bisexual identity, Child abuse, Communism, Divorce, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Immigration, Intimate partner violence, Marriage, Masculinity, Musicians, Parents, Piano, Roman catholicism, Therapists, Trade unions, Transgender people
    Subject: Alex Iantaffi, BiCon
    Description: Alex Iantaffi is a non-binary gender-queer trans-masculine person. In this oral history, he shares his experiences growing up in Rome in a working-class family; his identifications with and through...
  3. Michelle Esther O'Brien Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kerr, Ted
    Date: Jan. 16, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anarchism, Colleges, Coming out, Communism, Direct action, Environmentalism, Ethnic groups, Feminism, Gender diversity, Homophobia, Internet, Lesbian feminism, Lesbian separatism, Libraries, Mental health, MtFs, Organisations, Political movements, Politics, Racism, Science fiction, Sexuality, Social law, Sociology, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender youth, Travel, Welfare benefits
    Subject: bell hooks, Michelle Esther O'Brien
    Description: In this interview, Michelle O’Brien discusses milestones in her politicization: Ancient Forest Defense Network in the Pacific Northwest, highway blockades in Minnesota, trans healthcare organizing ...
  4. Nala Simone Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Simone, Nala, Calou, Yana
    Date: May 9, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Anti-transgender violence, Childhood, Clergy, Colleges, Coming out, Drag balls, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Femininity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Hormones, Masculinity, Oppression, Racism, Religions, Representation, Solidarity, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Workshops
    Subject: Aaryn Lang, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Miss Major, Nala Simone
    Description: Nala Simone is an activist who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Nala begins with her childhood in Bushwick, her time as a fashion design student at the Fashion Institute of Design, and her process ...
  5. Nico Fuentes Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Fuentes, Nico, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Feb. 11, 2018
    Topics: Appearance, Clothing, Colleges, Depression, Direct action, Families, Feminism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Isolation, Labour, Lesbians, Politics, Racism, Sex shops, Trade unions, Transgender people
    Subject: Nico Fuentes
    Description: Nico Fuentes is a member leader in a current unionization campaign at the Pleasure Chest, a sex toy shop. Beginning with an account of growing up in a Mexican family in West Texas and Oklahoma, she...
  6. Octavia Leona Kohner Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kohner, Octavia Leona
    Date: Mar. 27, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anarchism, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Families, Feminists, Gender identity, Isolation, Labour movement, LGBTI community, MtFs, Political movements, Solidarity, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence, Working class
    Subject: Babeland, Octavia Leona Kohner
    Description: Octavia Leona Kohner was active in the successful unionization campaign at Babeland, a NYC sex toy shop. Here, she recounts her upbringing in a working-class family in Staten Island, and describes ...
  7. Phoenix Danger Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Danger, Phoenix
    Date: Apr. 24, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Demonstrations, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Immigration, Labour, Multiculturalism, Politics, Racism, Relationships, Substance abuse, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transphobia
    Subject: Babeland, Phoenix Danger
    Description: Phoenix Danger was active in the successful unionization campaign at Babeland, a NYC sex toy shop. In this interview, they recount their early life in suburban New York as the child of Filipino imm...
  8. Renee Imperato Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Torres, Andy, Dicken, Matthew, Imperato, Renee
    Date: Apr. 29, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anti-racism, Childhood, Drag community, Gender identity, Labour, Liberation movements, MtFs, Night life, People with physical disabilities, Taxi drivers, Trade unions, Transgender rights, Violence
    Subject: 220 Club, Black Lives Matter, Leslie Feinberg, Renee Imperato
    Description: Born in NYC, Reneé Imperato, is a proud anti racist, pro union trans woman who has lived her life fighting for the rights of others. In this interview she shares her memories of growing up in New Y...
  9. Stella Dance Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Dance, Stella
    Date: Mar. 29, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Autonomy, BDSM, Bullying, Childhood, Class struggle, Colleges, Coming out, Employment discrimination, Families, Femininity, Friendships, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Homophobia, Hospitals, Learning difficulties, Mental health, Racism, Rape, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Schools, Sex parties, Sexual orientation, Sexuality, Suicide, Therapies, Trade unions, Work situation
    Subject: Stella Dance
    Description: Stella Dance is an educator, tarot-card reader, and professional dungeon monitor who currently works at the recently unionized Babeland sex toy boutique in New York City. In this interview they des...
  10. Womonspace Sisternews

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Independent Voices
    Creator: Karen
    Date: Sep. 1977 to Oct. 1977
    Topics: Abortion, Appellate courts, Breast cancer, Civil rights, Contraception, Discrimination, Gender diversity, Homophobia, Lesbians, Military, Parental leave, Protestantism, Rape, Sexual abuse, Suffragettes, Trade unions, Transgender people
    Subject: Alice Paul, Cheryl McDaniels, Jacqueline Means, Jean Whitefield, Marie Soete, National Women's Party, Rosalyn Yalow, Sue Bethke
  11. Yana Calou Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Calou, Yana
    Date: Mar. 1, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Colleges, Employment discrimination, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Hormone therapy, LGBTI community, LGBTI rights, Media occupations, Migration, NGOs, Parents, Residence permits, Trade unions, Transgender people, Visibility, Work situation
    Subject: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Yana Calou
    Description: Yana Calou spent much of their youth traveling around the world and eventually found a community in Utah, where they began advocating for LGBTQ rights. Later, Calou moved to NYC, where they worked ...