Digital Transgender Archive

Jay London Toole Oral History

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Jay Toole describes her experiences of queer homelessness in New York City. Born in the South Bronx, she became homeless as a child due to the circumstances of her family and identity as a stone butch. She describes her chosen queer family in Washington Square Park in the 1960-70s and their means of survival. She recalls stealing a NYC Taxi Cab and driving it to Texas, which led to her 18 month stay in a Texas jail. Later, she reflects on her experiences in the New York City shelter system which led her to form the organization Queers for Economic Justice. (Photo credit: Syd London; Summary by Micah Katz.)

Item Information:

Identifier
k3569456c
Collection
Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Toole, Jay London
Kerr, Ted
Contributor(s)
London, Syd
Katz, Micah
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jun. 15, 2016
Dates Covered
circa 1950 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Jay London Toole
Places
New York
Texas
Topic(s)
Appearance
Arrests
Butches
Childhood
Coming out
Criminalisation
Crisis centres
Drugs
Families
Gender diversity
Gender fluid
Gender identity
Homeless people
Homelessness
Imprisonment
LGBTI community
Passing (gender)
Passing (sexuality)
Police
Prostitution
Sexual child abuse
Soft butches
Stigmatisation
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 29 seconds
Language
English
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