Digital Transgender Archive

El Roy Red Oral History

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El Roy Red is a poet who has lived in New York City for three years. Red begins the interview by discussing her self-expression through a unique sense of style and how she found her voice as a writer. They recount their global upbringing, including their earliest moments of trans awareness and their experiences living in Europe and small towns in the United States as a trans person of color. She also discusses the importance of healing, how she has learned to find the “microjoys” in life, and finding community in New York City. Red shares their creativity, their attention to nuance and human complexity, and their visions for brown, black, trans, and queer liberation.

Item Information:

Identifier
05741s03c
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Red, El Roy
Holmes, Zoe
Contributor(s)
Levy, Izzy
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Mar. 30, 2017
Dates Covered
1982 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
El Roy Red
Ponderosa Movement and Discovery
University of Pittsburgh
Places
New York
Pennsylvania > Allegheny County > City of Pittsburgh > Pittsburgh
Louisiana > Rapides Parish > Alexandria Junction
Topic(s)
Abuse
Adoption
Body image
Childhood
Clothing
Coming out
Ethnic groups
Families
Femininity
Gay liberation
Gender diversity
Higher education
Immigration
Isolation
Passing (gender)
Passing (sexuality)
Poetry (LGBTQ)
Sexuality
Substance abuse
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 1 hour 39 minutes 11 seconds
Language
English
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