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  1. 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 ...
  2. Ilan N. Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Maltsev, Tyler
    Date: Aug. 25, 2018
    Topics: Family members, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Health insurance, Hormones, Lawyers, Mental health, Phalloplasty, Transitioning
    Description: Ilan N., interviewed by Tyler Maltsev, spends this interview talking about his difficulties accessing gender realignment surgery, remarking that he has had to "jump through hoops" with physical and...
  3. 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...
  4. Torrey Peters Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Peters, Torrey, Lewis, AJ
    Date: Jun. 26, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Crossdressers, Dating, Femmes, Gender dysphoria, MtFs, Sexual relationships, Sexuality, Shame, Subcultures, Support groups, Transgender people, Writers
    Description: In an interview with AJ Lewis, Torrey Peters discusses her experience with coming into her gender identity, describing her sexuality and her feelings of shame and isolation that have come with it. ...
  5. Sonia Martinez Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Martinez, Sonia, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Apr. 11, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Breasts, Crossdressers, Drag, Drag queens, Family members, Femininity, Hormones, LGBTI community, MtFs, Night life, Prisons, Relationships, Transgender people
    Subject: Stonewall
    Description: Anna Keyes interviews Sonia Martinez, who opens up about her growth into her female identity throughout her adolescence and beyond. Martinez found a community of LGBTQIA+ individuals as a youth, wh...
  6. Brenda Holder Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Holder, Brenda, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Apr. 4, 2018
    Topics: Drag balls, Drag community, Drag queens, Homelessness, Intolerance, Latinos, LGBTI community, Military, Role models, Transsexual people
    Subject: Dorian Corey, Paris Dupree, Pepper Labeija
    Description: Army veteran and drag queen Brenda Holder discusses finding community in the drag world through her journey as a Hispanic trans woman. Holder tells interviewer Anna Keyes of her relationships with ...
  7. Topher Gross Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Gross, Topher
    Date: Oct. 15, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Childhood, Colleges, Entertainers, Families, Festivals, FtMs, Gender identity, Lesbian community, Lesbian separatism, LGBTI community, Night life, Radical feminism, Relationships, Schools, Social exclusion, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: Topher Gross
  8. 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
  9. Sylver Guadalupe Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Guadalupe, Sylver, Maya, Elliott
    Date: Jul. 28, 2017
    Topics: Alcoholism, Childhood, Christianity, Clothing, Communities, Depression, Drag balls, Drag community, Families, Gender diversity, Lesbian community, LGBTI community, Self-acceptance, Social exclusion, Transgender people, Transgender youth, Two-spirit people, Youth organisations, Youth shelters
    Subject: Marsha P. Johnson, Sylver Guadalupe
    Description: In this interview, Sylver describes a childhood growing up in the Bronx and a period of awakening that began after they were kicked-out of their mother’s home at 15. Sylver, having at times struggl...
  10. Anna Keyes Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Maya, Elliott, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Artists, Bullying, Childhood, Colleges, Coming out, Depression, Ethnic groups, Families, Film, Film studies, Gender identity, Gender relations, Gender role, Health care, Hormones, MtFs, Passing, Public space, Relationships, Representation, Self-acceptance, Social media, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: Anna Keyes
  11. Santos Arce Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Arce, Santos, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Child abuse, Childhood, Class struggle, Clothing, Coming out, Families, Friendships, FtMs, Gender identity, Hormones, Labour, Latinos, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Music, Music groups, Musicians, Night life, Relationships, Sex education, Sexual orientation, Sexuality, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Description: Santos, a bassist and sex educator, shares the story of his life in New York City, from his strict upbringing in East New York in the 80's, to his introduction to the punk and hardcore scene in the...
  12. Yanyi Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Yanyi, Lisowski, Zef
    Date: Jun. 11, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Allies, Appearance, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Communities, Ethnic groups, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Libraries, Masculinity, Media, Parents of transgender people, Poets, Public services, Racism, Religions, Representation, Schools, Secrecy, Sexuality, Social media, Students, Therapists, Tomboys, Transgender community, Transgender people, Violence, Work situation, Writers
    Description: Yanyi, a poet and software engineer, reflects on his experiences being part of and building many forms of community, including Asian American community, queer/trans community, and neighborhood comm...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Chelsea Goodwin and Dr. Rusty Mae Moore Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Moore, Rusty Mae, Goodwin, Chelsea
    Date: May 4, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Coming out, Feminism, Gender diversity, Harassment, Homelessness, Housing, Paganism, Police, Politics, Subculture, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning
    Subject: ACT-UP, Chelsea Goodwin, Christine Jorgensen, Dyke Action Machine, Queer Nation, Rusty Mae Moore, Transy House
    Description: After purchasing a house in Park Slope in the 1980's to be closer to her kids, Dr. Rusty Mae Moore and Chelsea Goodwin opened their home to homeless trans folk. Transy House, as it was called, aime...
  15. Zavé Martohardjono Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Martohardjono, Zavé, Awad, Nadia
    Date: May 2, 2017
    Topics: Coming out, Dating, Diversity, Education, Ethnic groups, Families, Gay-straight alliances, Gender identity, Gender minorities, Health care, Hormone therapy, Labelling, LGBTI movement, North american cultures, Parties, Passing, Sexism, Sociocultural evolution, Transgender community, Transgender people, Work situation
    Subject: Zavé Martohardjono
    Description: "Zavé Martohardjono recounts growing up as a mixed race queer New Yorker. Having seen New York change over the past couple of decades, Zavé tells us about living in globally diverse neighborhoods, ...