Digital Transgender Archive

Michelle Esther O'Brien Oral History

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In this interview, Michelle O’Brien discusses milestones in her politicization: Ancient Forest Defense Network in the Pacific Northwest, highway blockades in Minnesota, trans healthcare organizing in Philadelphia, and the AIDS struggle in New York City. From anarchism to socialism and everything in between, O’Brien discusses how important both high intensity direct action and marxist/feminist/queer theory and analysis have been every step of the way. Despite traveling around the world and meeting older queers, radical fairies, lesbian seperatists, and more, listen to O'Brien explain why she is happy to call New York home, as well as assess the ups and downs of her current work as a Sociology doctoral candidate at New York University.

Item Information:

Identifier
vx021f35z
Collection
Audio and Video: Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
O'Brien, Michelle Esther
Kerr, Ted
Contributor(s)
Zavidow, Evan
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Jan. 16, 2017
Dates Covered
1978 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
bell hooks
Michelle Esther O'Brien
Places
Oregon > Multnomah County > Portland
Pennsylvania > Philadelphia County > City of Philadelphia > Philadelphia
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
New York
Latium > Rome
El Salvador
Oregon > Lane County > Eugene
New York > New York County > New York University
Topic(s)
Activists
Anarchism
Colleges
Coming out
Communism
Direct action
Environmentalism
Ethnic groups
Feminism
Gender diversity
Homophobia
Internet
Lesbian feminism
Lesbian separatism
Libraries
Mental health
MtFs
Organisations
Political movements
Politics
Racism
Science fiction
Sexuality
Social law
Sociology
Trade unions
Transgender community
Transgender youth
Travel
Welfare benefits
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
duration: 1 hour 54 minutes 42 seconds
Language
English
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