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Rafaela Anshel Oral History

Anshel, Rafaela
Tennenbaum, Ric

Rafaela Anshel is a Jewish trans woman, affiliated with the Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. This interview is a reflection of Anshel’s transition. She details accounts from youth up until present day, focusing on her struggles with self-acceptance as well as societal perceptions of trans people. The main topics discussed include rape and violence, trans safety, PTSD, gender nonconformity, queerness, sexual reassignment surgery, the AIDS epidemic, socially constructed stereotypes, and Anshel’s time spent at the LGBT Synagogue. She is a singer, feminist, and advocate on transgender issues (Summary by Courtney Arban.)

Item Information

Identifier
mg74qm405
Collection
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Arban, Courtney
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jul. 13, 2017
Dates Covered
1952 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Gender Identity Project
Rafaela Anshel
Places
New York
New Jersey
Topic(s)
age
child abuse
childhood
choirs
clothing
coming out
families
friendships
gay identity
gender identity
gender realignment surgery
health care
HIV/AIDS
hormones
judaism
LGBTI community
MtFs
music
popular culture
Post-traumatic stress disorder
privacy
relationships
self-acceptance
sexual assault
sexual practices
social workers
stereotypes
support groups
therapies
transgender people
transitioning
violence
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 2 hours 16 minutes 5 seconds
Language
English
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