Digital Transgender Archive

Melissa Sklarz Oral History

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Melissa Sklarz was the first transgender elected official in New York, having been a judicial delegate since the 1990s. She has served on many trans rights legislative committees, including the Stonewall Democrats and Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats, and was a delegate for the DNC in 2016. Yet her life before politics was marred by homelessness and substance abuse while struggling through life in New York in the 1970s and 1980s, and slowly coming to terms with her gender identity. Here she discusses her troubled past as well as her vision for a more just, trans-inclusive future. (Summary by Boyda Johnstone.)

Item Information:

Identifier
tq57nr288
Collection
Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Sklarz, Melissa
Tennenbaum, Ric
Contributor(s)
Johnstone, Boyda
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jul. 5, 2017
Dates Covered
1951 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Caitlyn Jenner
Christine Jorgensen
Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats
GenderPAC
Kate Bornstein
Laverne Cox
Melissa Sklarz
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival
Riki Anne Wilchins
Stonewall Democrats
Places
Oregon
New York
Topic(s)
Bathrooms
Civil rights
Crossdressing
Elections
Ethnic groups
Gender diversity
Gender identity
Homelessness
Hormones
Isolation
Lobbying
MtFs
Night life
Politics
Public sex
Public space
Representation
Schools
Sex workers
Stigmatisation
Substance abuse
Transgender people
Transgender rights
Transitioning
Visibility
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 2 hours 11 minutes 9 seconds
Language
English
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