Digital Transgender Archive

Santos Arce Oral History

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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 90's, and his experiences with manhood and trans community in the 2000's and beyond. He emphasizes the importance of pleasure, vulnerability, and respect in his relationships with others. In particular, he discusses navigating and discovering gay sexuality, his long-term romantic relationships, and seeking supportive community and acceptance. (Summary by Jamie Magyar.)

Item Information:

Identifier
000000264
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Arce, Santos
Van Ness, Lorenzo
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jul. 14, 2017
Dates Covered
1980 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Places
New York
New York > Kings County > Brooklyn
Mexico
Topic(s)
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 (LGBTQ)
Sex education
Sexual orientation
Sexuality
Transgender community
Transgender people
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 1 second
Language
English
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