Digital Transgender Archive

J. Soto Oral History

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J. Soto recounts his evolving understanding of gender and identity along his eastward migration across the United States. Born and raised in the Bay Area, J. attended graduate school in Chicago, IL before moving to Brooklyn where he currently works as an artist who produces both written and performed works. J. describes the nuanced relationship he shares with his family, informed by their experience as working class, Catholic, Mormon and of Mexican descent. He also discusses the production of art work, the nature of community and family, and the role of language in understanding and describing identity. (Summary by Micah Katz.)

Item Information:

Identifier
6d56zw85w
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Soto, J.
Milks, M. Henry
Contributor(s)
Katz, Micah
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Oct. 20, 2016
Dates Covered
1979 to 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
J. Soto
Places
Illinois > Cook County > City of Chicago > Chicago
California
New York > Kings County > Brooklyn
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Artists
Arts
Childhood
Christianity
Coming out
Ethnic groups
Families
FtMs
Gay community
Gender fluid
Gender identity
Language
Migration
Night life
Relationships
Social exclusion
Transgender community
Transitioning
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 1 hour 47 seconds
Language
English
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