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Interview with Alexis Paige

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Alexis Paige is a 28-year-old bisexual queer trans woman assigned male at birth. She is half-Korean on her mom’s side and a mixture of Norwegian, Italian and Polish on her father’s side. She uses she/her and they/them pronouns. Paige was born in Burbank, California, a suburb near L.A., and moved 15 or 16 times to various places such as Las Vegas, Nevada; Everett, Washington; and Sedro-Woolley, Washington. Their dad became disabled when they were around eight years old after an accident working for Alaskan crab fishing. She has four siblings, three sisters and a fourth sibling who is a trans guy. At the age of 11, Paige began to develop D cup size breasts leading to a series of doctor visits and talks of needing various surgeries and going on testosterone for a possible intersex condition. Because her family couldn’t afford to pay, Paige bound her breasts every day instead. She began to connect with the idea of being trans around 12 or 13 after accessing the internet. Paige was never particularly masculine, never really developing facial hair and their voice never really dropped. She also wasn’t interested in stereotypical masculine culture such as sports, cars, or being aggressive. She constantly thought about transitioning and really hated her body because she wanted to be normal. She ended up giving up on herself and gaining a lot of weight as a result. Paige learned to love and feel comfortable in her body, however, when they later socially transitioned by growing out their hair, changing their clothing style, going to therapy, and leaving behind the expectation to be a part of toxic masculine society. She’s also on hormones but hasn’t had any surgeries to date. She is a legal assistant at Lambda Legal living in Chicago, Illinois. They’ve also worked at the Cascade AIDS Project and volunteered with places like LGBTQ community centers and transgender working groups for different advocacy organizations such as Basic Rights Oregon and Trans Lifeline.

Item Information:

Identifier
8p58pd20p
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Paige, Alexis
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Sep. 23, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Basic Rights Oregon
Cascade AIDS Project
Corey Paige
Lambda Legal
RuPaul
Trans Lifeline
Transgender Working Groups
Places
Illinois > Cook County > City of Chicago > Chicago
Nevada > Clark County > Las Vegas
Alaska
California > Los Angeles > Burbank
Washington > Snohomish > Everett
Washington > Skagit > Sedro-Woolley
Topic(s)
Bisexuals
Breasts
Community centres
Drag
Families
Gender identity
Hormone therapy
Intersex
Machismo
Partners (LGBTQ)
Psychotherapy
Racism
Same-sex marriage
Sexuality
Transgender people
Transitioning (Transgender)
Transphobia
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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