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  1. Interview with Geleni Fontaine

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Fontaine, Geleni
    Date: Feb. 5, 2019
    Topics: Alternative medicine, Gentrification, Martial arts, Transgender community, Transgender people, Working class
    Subject: Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts, Center for Anti-violence Education, Imani Henry, Leslie Feinberg, Metropolitan Gender Network, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Geleni Fontaine is an acupuncturist, RN and healer based on Brooklyn. In this interview, they share on their growing up in a working class Cuban family in Park Slope, Brooklyn, prior to the neighbo...
  2. Interview with Andrea Lawlor

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lawlor, Andrea
    Date: Aug. 18, 2019
    Topics: Gender diversity, Gender identity, Literature, Transgender community, Transgender people, Working class
    Subject: Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
    Description: Andrea Lawlor teaches writing at Mount Holyoke College and is author of the novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl (2017). In this interview, Lawlor discusses growing up in a working-class comm...
  3. Interview with Violet

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Violet
    Date: May 10, 2019
    Topics: Capitalism, Childhood, Civil rights, Class struggle, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Furry fandom (Subculture), Gender, Gender realignment surgery, Gentrification, Health care, Hormones, Mental health, Music, Outing, Roleplay, Sexism, Social classes, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: Soundcloud
    Description: Violet shares her experience of being a musician and DJ in New York’s rave scene while navigating the political landscape of gentrification. Having grown up nomadically with immigrant parents, she ...
  4. 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, 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...
  5. Interview with Tei Okamoto

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Okamoto, Tei
    Date: Mar. 10, 2019
    Topics: Artists, Black people, Coming out, Drag balls, Family members, Femininity, Film, Gender, Gender role, Health care, Heterosexuals, HIV/AIDS, Japanese American families, Masculinity, Medical interventions, Oral history, Poetry, Prisons, Pronoun, Racially mixed people, Sex education, Sex workers, Sexuality, STDs, Substance abuse, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Youth
    Subject: Asians, Blacks, and Latin and United New Tribes (ABLUNT), Azar Namdar, Bette Ledder, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), Che Vilanueva, Christopher Lee, City University of New York (CUNY), Club Universe, Coco Club, Dejah Dior, Estella Gonzales, Gail Wyatt, Gerbari Allah, Gina Eichenbaum, Greg Kats, House 806, House of Hope, House of Infinity, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Imani Uzuri, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jeannie Little, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Joan Morgan, Joel Gomez, Justice: Just Us, Kara Paige, Kelsey Lou, Menses, Omar Daniel, Planned Parenthood, Project Street Beat, Queers for Economic Justice, Rockwood Fellow, Samin Bashir, Sarah Schulman, Sienna Shields, Sweetest Hangover, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, The Slams, Tom Dwayne, Tranny Fest, Trans Advocay in Rural Places (TARP), Trans Project at University of California, San Francisco, Trish Moran, When the Chicken Heads Come Home to Roost, Whitney Biennial, Women's Health Project, Zander Gracia
  6. Interview with Tashan Lovermore

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lovemore, Tashan
    Date: Feb. 28, 2019
    Topics: Black people, Change of name, Childhood, Family members, Gender, Gentrification, Hormones, LGBTI community, Microaggressions, Photography, Pronoun, Religions, Self-acceptance, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Subject: Bklyn Boihood, Black Trans TV, BLK RYL Production, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Kingsborough Community College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), The Door, The Labyrinth Foundation Counseling/Gender Service, Inc., The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center)
    Description: Tashan Lovemore shares his path to his "limitless" gender, pushing against narrow expectations of masculinity and manhood while finding contentment and confidence in his own gender. He grew up in t...
  7. 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
  8. Interview with Rona Love

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Love, Rona
    Date: Jul. 2, 2019
    Topics: Arts, Bisexual community, Butches, Child abuse, Drag community, FtMs, Gay community, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Judaism, Kidnappings, Lesbians, LGBTI community, Mental health, MtFs, Murders, Music, Prison guards, Prisons, Self-respect, Sexual abuse, Slang, Street violence, Suicide, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Violence
    Subject: Black and Pink, Daniel Poliak, Director of Prison Justice Project, Hazel Katz, Mick King K, Parole Preparation Project, Sparkle, Tremont
    Description: Rona Love discusses her early childhood hardships, three decade long incarceration and experiences in psychiatric hospitals. She details abuse, violence and the extreme isolation of being a trans-f...
  9. 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, Police, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Roman catholicism, Secrecy, Sexism, Siblings, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, 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 ...
  10. Interview with Raffi Marhaba

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Marhaba, Raffi
    Date: Feb. 26, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Asylum migration, Bisexuality, Change of name, Childhood, Drugs, Gender diversity, Immigration, Language, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Mental health, Microaggressions, Pronoun, Psychotherapy, Self-mutilation, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Verbal abuse
  11. Interview with Paisley Currah

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Currah, Paisley
    Date: Jun. 27, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Birth certificates, Children, Conferences, Divorced people, Feminists, Gender, Gender role, Gender studies, HIV/AIDS, Internalised homophobia, Lesbian culture, Lesbians, LGBTI community, Marxism, Parents, Political science, Prisons, Religions, Rural areas, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transgender studies, Women's studies, Zines
    Subject: ACT UP Ithaca, Biddy Martin, Carolyn Riccardi, Carrie Davis, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), City University of New York (CUNY), Connor Brotus, David Valentine, Empire State Pride Agenda, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Jamison Green, Jennifer Levi, Joann Prinzivalli, Melissa Sklarz, Ned Brinkley, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pauline Park, Queens Homophile Association, Queer Nation, Roz Blumenthal, Sarah Schulman, Shannon Minter, Sierra Showman, Sophia Pazzos, Spencer Bergstedt, Susan Stryker, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), The Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA), Trans Day of Action, Transgender Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), True Spirit Conference
  12. 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...
  13. Interview with McKenzie Wark

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Wark, McKenzie
    Date: Jun. 20, 2019
    Topics: Abortion, Bisexuality, Childhood, Children, Cruising, Drugs, Femininity, Gay men, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Hormones, Immigration, Journalists, Mardi gras, Marxism, Masculinity, MtFs, Parents, Peace movement, Pronoun, Punk, Relationships, Sexuality, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transgender studies, Transitioning, Upbringing, Writers
    Subject: Christen Clifford, Kathy Acker, Macquarie University, The New School of Social Reserach, Ugenia College, University of Technology Sydney
  14. Interview with Lix Z

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Z, Lix
    Date: Jul. 17, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Anarchists, Archives, Black people, Body adornments, Cruising, Drag, Education, Eroticism, Exhibitionism, Fetishism, Gay pride week, Gender diversity, Heterosexuals, Leather community, Police, Punk, SM, Trade unions, Transgender community, Writers, Zines
    Subject: Blue Stocking, DIY Spaces, FTP Gay, Happy Fun Hideaway, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Maya Songbird, Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), Queer/Trans Zinefest (QTZFest), Silent Barn, Socrates Sculpture Park, Telepathic Children, Time is the Thing a Body Move Through, Trans Play Party
  15. Interview with Kim Watson

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Watson, Kim
    Date: Jun. 18, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Adoptive parents, AIDS activists, AIDS organisations, Childhood, Drag community, Drag queens, Drugs, Family members, Gender, Health care, HIV-positive people, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Hormones, Intersex, LGBTI community, Mental health, Parenthood, Psychiatry, Sex workers, Social service organisations, Transgender community, Transitioning, Writers
    Subject: Addicts' Rehabilitation Center (ARC), AIDS Coalition to Unleash the Power, AIDS Watch, Bright Point, Bronx Lebanon, Carmen Vasquez, Community Kinship Life (CK Life), Empire [State] Pride Agenda, Escuelitas, HIV Prevention Planning Group (HPG), Marti Adult Day Program, Odyssey House, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Pose, RuPaul's Drag Race, Stonewall, The Modern-Day Woman, The Monster, Two Potatoes