Digital Transgender Archive

Izzy Mustafa Oral History

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Izzy's family-life intertwines heavily with his oral history and coming out process. The middle child of a Muslim-Palestinian man and Christian-American woman, he talks about the particular ways each parent's family shaped his upbringing and eventually his coming out process. Traveling to Palestine annually, he shares touching moments with his family members there as well as discussing his experiences traveling back for work. Drawn to New York by an appreciation of break dancing culture, he finds encouragement in New York's hustle. Finally, Izzy talks about his concerns regarding passing as a straight dude and a feeling of being outside from Queer community. (Summary by Kirsten Adorian)

Item Information:

Identifier
zs25x8720
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Awad, Nadia
Mustafa, Izzy
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Apr. 11, 2017
Dates Covered
1991 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Places
New York
New Mexico > Bernalillo County > Albuquerque
Palestine
Topic(s)
Acceptance
Childhood
Coming out
Ethnic groups
FtMs
Gender diversity
Identity
Intersex
Islam
LGBTI community
Masculinity
Passing
Politics
Religious right
Representation
Social norms
Training programs
Transgender people
Transitioning
Visibility
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 56 minutes 59 seconds
Language
English
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