Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with June Remus, Part 2 of 2

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June Remus is a 70 year old black woman who describes herself as a “post-operative transsexual.” In this rich oral history, Remus’ big and generous personality shines through. She discusses her life in Des Moines, IA in the 1950s and 1960s; her move to Minneapolis at age 18 and her experiences working as a stripper and eventually a nightclub manager. She has been married 7 times and has children and grandchildren. Remus’ stresses the importance of confidence and the strength required to transition, remarking that because she was so confident, the biggest problems she faces in her life are about her race, not her gender identity. Remus is strongly committed to her family, trans youth, and her church.

Item Information:

Identifier
ht24wj59d
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Remus, June
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Aug. 5, 2015
Dates Covered
1950 to 1969
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
June Remus
Transgender Equity Summit
University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality
Places
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
Illinois > Cook County > City of Chicago > Chicago
Iowa > Polk County > Lee Township > Des Moines
Topic(s)
Activists
Black people
Children
Christianity
Discos
Divorce
Gender realignment surgery
Grandchildren
Marriage
MtFs
Racism
Religions
Retirement
Sexuality
Social integration
Strippers
Transgender youth
Transsexual people
Women
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/search?facets%5Bcollection_name_s%5D%5B%5D=Transgender+Oral+History+Project&q=transgender
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