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  1. Interview with Jackson Reddy

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Reddy, Jackson
    Date: May 29, 2019
    Topics: AIDS activists, Alcoholism, Anti-transgender violence, Artists, Black people, Buddhism, Childhood, Comedians, Coming out, Education, Family members, Fathers, Gay liberation, Gender diversity, Hormones, Internalised homophobia, Media, Music, Pronoun, Psychotherapy, Sexual abuse, Transgender community, Transgender culture, Transgender people, Writers
    Subject: Black Trans TV, Malcolm X, Marsha P. Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Shayna Matteski, Soka Gakkai International, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Jackson Reddy reflects on their family dynamics and how these relationships shaped their growth. They also touch upon the role of trauma and the process of healing, especially in terms of self-care...
  2. Interview with Ash Stephens

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Ash Stephens
    Date: Apr. 19, 2019
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Black people, Butches, Change of name, Childhood, Christianity, Education, Family members, Femininity, Gay men, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gentrification, Higher education, Lesbian culture, LGBTI community, LGBTI movement, Masculinity, Military, Older people, Police patrol--Surveillance operations, Politics, Pronoun, Religions, Social classes, Transgender community, Transgender culture, Transgender identity, Transgender people
    Subject: Bible Belt, Black Hollywood, Brooklyn Bail Fund, Georgia Southern University, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Description: Ash recounts growing up in a southern Bible Belt community. He details his journey from Georgia to Chicago where he completed his higher-level education and met his “chosen family.” Ash is currentl...
  3. 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...
  4. 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
  5. Interview with Selena Meza

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Meza, Selena
    Date: Nov. 19, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Bullying, Coming out, Families, Feminists, Femmes, Ho Chunk women, Latinos, Mexican American women, Migration, Transgender people, Transphobia, Women's studies
    Subject: bell hooks, Liv Mickla, Planned Parenthood, Project Runway
    Description: Selena Meza identifies as a Mexican-American queer trans femme assigned male at birth. She uses they/them and she/her pronouns. She’s from Chicago, Illinois originally and then moved to Nekoosa, Wi...
  6. Interview with Andrea Jenkins

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Jul. 20, 2017
    Topics: Assigned gender, Black people, Coming out, Crossdressing, Divorce, Families, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, LGBT, Marriage, Prisons, Separation, Socioeconomic characteristics, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: CeCe McDonald, Center for Gender Spectrum Health, Kate Bornstein, Leslie Feinberg, My Momma's Gonna Call Me Anna, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Rainbow Health Initiative
    Description: Andrea Jenkins identifies as a transgender female and was assigned male at birth. Her mother and father were separated by the time she was about five. Their separation wasn’t necessarily by choice ...
  7. Interview with Alexis Paige

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Paige, Alexis
    Date: Sep. 23, 2016
    Topics: Bisexuals, Breasts, Community centres, Drag, Families, Gender identity, Hormone therapy, Intersex, Machismo, Partners, Psychotherapy, Racism, Same-sex marriage, Sexuality, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Basic Rights Oregon, Cascade AIDS Project, Corey Paige, Lambda Legal, RuPaul, Trans Lifeline, Transgender Working Groups
    Description: Alexis Paige is a 28-year-old bisexual queer trans woman assigned male at birth. She is half-Korean on her mom’s side and a mixture of Norwegian, Italian and Polish on her father’s side. She uses s...
  8. Interview with Sayuri Hernandez

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Hernandez, Sayuri, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Sep. 12, 2016
    Topics: Addictions, Child abuse, Dating, Exercise, Feminism, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Racially mixed people, Spirituality, Stores, Retail, Substance abuse, White people, Women
    Subject: Loyola University, Sayuri Hernandez
    Description: Sayuri Hernandez describes herself as a Puerto Rican, German and Irish heterosexual female. In this oral history, Hernandez reflects upon her early experiments in “drag,” childhood abuse, addiction...
  9. Interview with Vanessa Sheridan

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Sheridan, Vanessa
    Date: Jul. 12, 2016
    Topics: Assigned gender, Black people, Coming out, Families, Fundamentalism, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Harassment, Hate crimes, Homophobia, Law, Murders, Partners, Performing arts, Racism, Religions, Socioeconomic characteristics, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Chaz Bono, City of Lakes Crossgender Community (CLCC), Crossing Over, HB2, Jerry Springer Show, Laura Jane Grace, Laverne Cox, Liberating the Transgendered Christian, Maury Povich, Phyllis Randolph Frye, Pulse Night Club, RuPaul, The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace, Virginia Prince, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott
    Description: Vanessa Sheridan identifies as transgender and was assigned male at birth. She knew she was different from the age of 2 or 3 but didn’t understand what it meant at the time since she had no framewo...
  10. Interview with Crispin Torres

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Torres, Crispin, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: May 27, 2016
    Topics: Coming out, Education, Educators, Gay community, Gay culture, Gay families, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Latinos, Masculinity, Mexican Americans, Misogyny, Musicians, Political movements, Relationships, Roman catholicism, Surgery, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia
    Subject: Lambda Legal
    Description: Crispin Torres has been an LGBT advocate and worked to support LGBT people with national organizations for much of his professional career. In this oral history, Torres shares his personal story, f...
  11. Interview with Gloria Allen

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Allen, Gloria, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: Apr. 26, 2016
    Topics: Actors, Black people, Church, Entertainers, Gender realignment surgery, Marriage, Nurses, Older people, Singers, Transitioning, Women
    Subject: Center on Halstead, Charm (play), Charm school, Gloria Allen, Mixed Blood Theater, Precious Davis, Trans 100 Legacy Award
    Description: Best known as the founder of Charm School at the Center on Halstead, an LGBT community center in Chicago, IL, Gloria Allen shares 70 years worth of experiences in the rich oral history. Allen, or “...
  12. Interview with Quinton Neal

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Neal, Quinton
    Date: Feb. 23, 2016
    Topics: African American transgender people, Androgyny (Psychology), Appearance, Discrimination, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Intersectionality (Sociology), LGBTI community, Medical interventions, Online dating, Privilege (Social psychology), Problem-oriented policing, Psychic trauma, Racism, Rape, Religions, Religious institutions, Role behaviour, Rural areas, Schools, Self-care, Health, Sexual freedom, Sexual orientation, Sexual violence, Sexuality, Support groups
    Subject: Black Liberation Projects, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Caitlyn Jenner, Delta Phi Upsilon, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox
    Description: Quinton Neal was born in the small, rural town of Peoria, Illinois and identifies as black, gay, and gender fluid where she switches between genders. She was assigned male at birth and uses both he...
  13. Interview with Rebecca Kling

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Kling, Rebecca
    Date: Jan. 25, 2016
    Topics: Acceptance, Bullying, Coming out, Dating, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Hair--Removal, Hormones, Mental health, Partners, Passing, Schools, Self-acceptance, Sexual orientation, Surgery, Theatre, Therapies, Transgender identity
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Creating Change, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Philadelphia Trans Health Conference
    Description: Rebecca Kling identifies as a white woman and sometimes as a trans woman. She was assigned male at birth. She grew up on the north side of Chicago, Illinois in the 1990s and has an older brother. S...
  14. Interview Olivia Hnlicka

    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Hnlicka, Olivia
    Date: Jan. 14, 2016
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Assigned gender, Beauty standards, Butches, Capitalism, Cisgender people, Crossdressers, Crossdressing, Death and dying, Depression, Drag, Family members, Femininity, Femmes, Gay community, Gender identity, Hair, Hair--Removal, Heterosexuality, HIV/AIDS, Homeless people, Homelessness, Hormone therapy, Hormones, Masculinity, Medicalisation, MtFs, Passing, Religions, Sexual orientation, Sexual practices, Sexuality, Suburbs, Suicide, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning, Travel, White people
    Subject: About Face Youth Theatre, Annoyance Theatre, Bear Culture, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Coed Prison Sluts, Crusty Girl, Vogue Magazine
    Description: Olivia Hnilicka identifies as a white queer transgender woman and was assigned male at birth. Her mother was an elementary school teacher before she had her and her five brothers. She was born in R...
  15. Interview with Kylar Broadus

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Broadus, Kylar
    Date: Jan. 14, 2016
    Topics: Activists, Black people, Coming out, Discrimination, Divorce, Drag, Education, Families, Gender, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Lawyers, Malpractice, Masculinity, Oppression, Partners, Sexism, Sexuality, Spirituality, Transgender people, Transitioning, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith, Billy Tipton, Christine Jorgensen, Creating Change, HBIGDA Standards of Care for Hormonal and Surgical Sex Reassignment of Gender Dysphoric Persons, John Alexander Goodrum, Karen Broadus, Renee Richards, The Program on Human Sexuality, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
    Description: Kylar Broadus is a shares his story at the 2016 Creating Change Conference in Chicago, IL. Broadus is a Black man from Fayette, Missouri, who says his journey was not like the journey of other men ...