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Interview with Alyssandra Taylor

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Alyssandra Taylor identifies as a trans feminine and non-binary woman depending on how they feel. She uses they/them and she/her pronouns and was assigned male at birth. They’re nicknames include Aly or Sandy. She has two siblings related by blood on her mom’s side and three on her dad’s side, but she didn’t really grow up with them because of the large age gap. They grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. Taylor mostly played with the girls in school and had boyfriends. She describes herself as smart and sheltered. Taylor came out as gay around 10 or 12, which didn’t go well. She got into fights after coming out, and her brother and mom weren’t okay with her being gay. When Taylor came out as trans, her mom wouldn’t allow her to transition. When she began to transition at 19, they were kicked out. She moved in with her aunt for a month, then her sister’s, and then to her college dorm. She no longer speaks to her brother while her mom still struggles accepting her. Most of their problems stemmed from being trans in high school and college. Taylor went to Emerson for two years for acting, directing, and then playwriting, and college was fine besides the racism she experienced. They joined a theatre troupe called True Colors, which is for LGBTQ youth and allies, with The Theater Offensive. She got her name changed legally, her gender marker changed, and is also on hormones for three years now since the time of the interview. They don’t have any plans for any surgeries since they are comfortable in their body as it is, but they haven’t decided yet.

Item Information:

Identifier
k930bx28h
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Taylor, Alyssandra
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
May 14, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Boston Alliance for Gay, Lesbian Youth (BAGLY)
Places
Massachusetts > Suffolk County > City of Boston > Boston
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Body image
Change of name
Coming out
Depression
Discrimination
Family members
Femininity
Gender diversity
Gender identity
Hormones
Intersectionality (Sociology)
MtFs
Oppression
Racism
Relationships (LGBTQ)
Self-acceptance
Sexuality
Theatre
Transgender community
Transgender people
Transitioning (Transgender)
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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