Digital Transgender Archive

Jamie Bauer Oral History

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Jamie Bauer recounts their childhood and adolescence growing up in New York City’s Stuyvesant Town, resisting family pressure to conform to normative gender expressions and discovering butch femme culture in the Village. They discuss finding political and social community as a college student in Boston engaged in gay rights organizing, and, later, as part of Women’s Pentagon Action in New York City. They chronicle their involvement in ACT UP, describing the group’s culture and interpersonal dynamics, memorable direct actions, and shifts in its strategies and goals, as well as the broader political climate of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Jamie also details the evolution of their own non-binary transmasculine identity alongside the increased visibility of the transgender movement, and the complexities of negotiating their relationship with their longtime partner, choices related to their transition, and their queer identity. (Summary by Justine Ambrose.)

Item Information:

Identifier
k35694553
Collection
Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
O'Brien, Michelle Esther
Bauer, Jamie
Contributor(s)
Ambrose, Justine
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jun. 5, 2017
Dates Covered
1958 to 2018
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
ACT-UP
Anita Bryant
Jamie Bauer
Women's Pentagon Action
Places
Massachusetts > Suffolk County > City of Boston > Boston
New York
Topic(s)
Activists
Age
Childhood
Civil rights
Clothing
Coming out
Dating
Demonstrations
Drugs
Ethnic groups
FtMs
Gay rights
Gender diversity
Gender identity
HIV/AIDS
Homelessness
Lesbian community
Liberation movements
Politics
Racism
Relationships
Therapists
Transgender community
Transitioning
Transphobia
Violence
Work situation
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 1 hour 39 minutes 14 seconds
Language
English
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