Digital Transgender Archive

Nala Simone Oral History

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Nala Simone is an activist who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Nala begins with her childhood in Bushwick, her time as a fashion design student at the Fashion Institute of Design, and her process of coming out twice. She discusses her experiences with retail work and workplace discrimination, as well as her involvement with Retail Action Project and the TransWomen of Color Collective, which she co-founded. She also explores her experiences with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, both as a patient and an employee. Nala emphasizes the importance of creating trans home spaces and trans siblinghood. (Summary by Izzy Levy.)

Item Information:

Identifier
dr26xx537
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Simone, Nala
Calou, Yana
Contributor(s)
Levy, Izzy
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
May 9, 2017
Dates Covered
1990 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Aaryn Lang
Janet Mock
Laverne Cox
Lourdes Ashley Hunter
Miss Major
Nala Simone
Places
New York > Kings County > Brooklyn
New York > Erie County > City of Buffalo > Buffalo
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Activists
Anti-transgender violence
Childhood
Clergy
Colleges
Coming out
Drag balls
Employment discrimination
Ethnic groups
Families
Femininity
Gender realignment surgery
Harassment
Hormones
Masculinity
Oppression
Racism
Religions
Representation
Solidarity
Trade unions
Transgender community
Transgender people
Transitioning
Transphobia
Workshops
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 1 hour 47 minutes 8 seconds
Language
English
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