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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. Fainan Lakha Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lakha, Fainan, Maya, Elliott
    Date: Jul. 13, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Coming out, Communities, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, Islam, Liberation movements, MtFs, Oppression, Politics, Representation, Sexual abuse, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Fainan Lakha, Laverne Cox
    Description: Fainan Lakha is a student at Columbia majoring in Comparative Literature and Society. She grew up in a Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim community in Seattle and became involved in the Oneness University a...
  3. Gykyira Shoy Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Shoy, Gykyira
    Date: Feb. 15, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, AIDS education, Drag queens, Education, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, LGBTI community, MtFs, Music, Passing, Sex workers, Transitioning, Visibility
    Description: Gykyira Shoy is the Program Director of New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Here, she describes her experience as a trans person of color and her work as an activist, engaged in justice st...
  4. Interview with Kate Bornstein

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Bornstein, Kate
    Date: Aug. 20, 2015
    Topics: Activists, BDSM, Cancer, Drag, Dramatists, Families, Gender minorities, History, Hormones, MtFs, Phone sex, Sex workers, Transgender community, Transitioning, Transsexual people, Visibility, Writers
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us, Kate Bornstein, Lou Sullivan
    Description: Kate Bornstein is an author, playwright, advocate and pioneer in the trans community. In this oral history, Bornstein shares her experiences transitioning over 30 years ago. From drag bars to phone...
  5. Izzy Mustafa Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Mustafa, Izzy
    Date: Apr. 11, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Childhood, Coming out, Ethnic groups, FtMs, Gender diversity, Identity, Intersex, Islam, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Passing, Politics, Religious right, Representation, Social norms, Training programs, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Description: Izzy's family-life intertwines heavily with his oral history and coming out process. The middle child of a Muslim-Palestinian man and Christian-American woman, he talks about the particular ways ea...
  6. Lorena Borjas Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Borjas, Lorena, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Jun. 11, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Deportation, Friendships, Hormones, Human rights, Immigrants, MtFs, Partners, Transgender people, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Lorena Borjas Community Fund, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  7. Martina Downey Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Tennenbaum, Ric, Downey, Martina
    Date: Jul. 3, 2017
    Topics: Abuse, Activists, Bathrooms, Bisexuality, Black people, Bullying, Butches, Change of name, Class struggle, Colleges, Colonialism, Coming out, Dormitories, Drug abuse, Ethnic groups, Families, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, HIV/AIDS, Judaism, Labelling, Lesbian movement, LGBTI community, LGBTI movement, Missionaries, MtFs, Music, Night life, Nurses, Passing, Politics, Religions, Roman catholicism, Transgender community, Transgender identity, Transgender youth, Transitioning, Violence, Visibility, Working class
    Subject: Al Sharpton, David Bowie, Martina Downey, Phil Donahue
    Description: In this interview, Martina Downey discusses her experiences navigating many different communities in her life: the Black church, the university, predominately white institutions, corporate offices,...
  8. Melissa Sklarz Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Sklarz, Melissa, Tennenbaum, Ric
    Date: Jul. 5, 2017
    Topics: Bathrooms, Civil rights, Crossdressing, Elections, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Homelessness, Hormones, Isolation, Lobbying, MtFs, Night life, Politics, Public sex, Public space, Representation, Schools, Sex workers, Stigmatisation, Substance abuse, Transgender people, Transgender rights, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Christine Jorgensen, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, GenderPAC, Kate Bornstein, Laverne Cox, Melissa Sklarz, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Riki Anne Wilchins, Stonewall Democrats
    Description: Melissa Sklarz was the first transgender elected official in New York, having been a judicial delegate since the 1990s. She has served on many trans rights legislative committees, including the Sto...
  9. Ric Tennenbaum Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Vaccaro, Jeanne, Tennenbaum, Ric
    Date: Aug. 2, 2017
    Topics: Action campaigns, Appearance, Body image, Clothing, Colleges, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gender minorities, Harassment, Help lines, Labelling, Language, LGBTI community, Oral history, Party drugs, Transgender community, Transgender identity, Transgender studies, Transitioning, Visibility
    Subject: Mackenzie Reynolds, Ric Tennenbaum