Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Rehema Mertinez

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Rehema Mertinez is a trans woman of color from Minneapolis, MN, though she lived for several years in Perth, Australia as a child. In this oral history, she shares her experiences with being kicked out of her home at age 15; moving from Australia back to the United States on her own; depression; realizations of her identity at an early age, and transitioning. Mertinez shares her thoughts on understanding her identity as a spiritual journey, becoming more happy and connected, living beyond a binary, and her experiences with her biological family, adoptive family, and chosen family. She discusses things such as transphobia within the gay community and her thoughts on trans visibility. Mertinez is involved in many Twin Cities theatrical productions and has been part of the Charm cast at Mixed Blood Theatre as well as The Naked I production at 20% Theatre.

Item Information:

Identifier
7s75dc53m
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Mertinez, Rehema
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Mar. 28, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Avenues for Homeless Youth
Trans Youth Support Network
Places
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
Western Australia > City of Perth > Perth
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Authority
Bullying
Clothing
Coming out
Depression
Discrimination
Ethnic diversity
Ethnic groups
Family members
Femininity
Gender identity
Hormones
Intersectionality (Sociology)
Media
Mental health
MtFs
Police
Police brutality
Relationships (LGBTQ)
Schools
Self-acceptance
Sexuality
Spirituality
Transgender people
Transitioning (Transgender)
Transphobia
Visibility
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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