Digital Transgender Archive

Chelsea Goodwin and Dr. Rusty Mae Moore Oral History

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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, aimed to be a place where trans people could feel safe from the objectification and harassment. To this day, the continue to live with other trans folks on Long Island, where they've discovered and forged new community affinities. In this interview Chelsea Goodwin speaks passionately of Goth and Pagan culture's relationship to Trans Community as being like "peanut butter and jelly". A seasoned activist, having worked with Act Up, Queer Nation and Dyke Action Machine, her piss-and-vinegar vibrancy emphasizes social change from the ground up, rather than legislative reform. Dr. Rusty Mae Moore came out in her 50's and through parenting, her career and travel to Brazil navigated the particularities of her own transition. Together they share their intimate understanding of Trans Liberation and Struggle as shaped by their lives in New York particularly.

Item Information:

Identifier
7d278t25f
Collection
Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Awad, Nadia
Moore, Rusty Mae
Goodwin, Chelsea
Contributor(s)
Adorian, Kirsten
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
May 4, 2017
Dates Covered
1959 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
ACT-UP
Chelsea Goodwin
Christine Jorgensen
Dyke Action Machine
Queer Nation
Rusty Mae Moore
Transy House
Places
Brazil
New York > Queens > Long Island
New York > Kings County > Park Slope
Topic(s)
Activists
Coming out
Feminism
Gender diversity
Harassment
Homelessness
Housing
Paganism
Police
Politics
Subculture
Transgender community
Transgender people
Transitioning
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 1 hour 39 minutes 11 seconds
Language
English
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