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  1. Trans Oral History: Feminist Legacy

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: Transgender Oral History Project
    Creator: Transgender Oral History Project, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Aug. 28, 2011
    Topics: Activists, Discrimination, Feminism, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Lesbian community, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Description: Michelle O'Brien recounts how transgender activism in the 1980's and 1990's was shaped by the feminist ideals and practices that came before.
  2. Kamryn Wolf Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Wolf, Kamryn, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Oct. 29, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Appearance, Art history, Bullying, Christianity, Coming out, Education, Gender identity, Health care, LGBTI community, Upbringing
    Description: Kamryn Wolf was one of the union members and supporters who helped win a union contract at Babeland, a NYC sex toy store. In this interview, Kamryn discusses their suburban growing up and alienatio...
  3. Simone Kolysh Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kolysh, Simone
    Date: Feb. 14, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Bisexuality, Brothers, Bullying, Childhood, Families, Motherhood, Sexual assault, Travel
    Description: Simone Kolysh describes their non-binary gender identity, growing up in a Russian immigrant family, becoming a parent, and their academic work on trans studies.
  4. Chase Strangio Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Strangio, Chase, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Oct. 12, 2018
    Topics: Activists, Gender identity, Imprisonment, Judaism, Law, Lawyers, Legal process, Movement (LGBTQ), Transgender people
    Subject: Chelsea Manning
    Description: Chase Strangio discusses their work as a leading LGBTQ legal advocate with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), including their representation of and connection to well-known former political...
  5. Carolyn Connolly Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Connolly, Carolyn, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 25, 2018
    Topics: Alcoholism, Coming out, Crossdressing, Drug abuse, Homophobia, Punk, Transgender people, Transsexualism
    Description: Carolyn Connolly begins with her difficult childhood in a blue-collar Irish-Italian family in Flatlands, Brooklyn, her entry into metal scenes of NYC, and her radicalization into the Love and Rage ...
  6. Andrea Long Chu Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Chu, Andrea Long
    Date: Nov. 2, 2018
    Topics: Feminist theory, Literature, Religions, Transgender people, Transgender studies, Writers
    Description: Andrea Long Chu is an emerging trans intellectual, writing on the politics of gender and desire. In this interview she recounts her growing up to a devoted Christian family in North Carolina, atten...
  7. Julian Honkasalo

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Honkasalo, Julian, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: May 16, 2018
    Topics: Academics, Adolescence, Bullying, Families, Friendships, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Masculinity, Music, Research, Sociology
    Description: Julian Honkasalo is a Finnish scholar of trans history who became interested in the NYC Trans Oral history project as part of his studies. Honkasalo tells interviewer Michelle Esther O'Brien how hi...
  8. Donna M. Cartwright Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Cartwright, Donna M., O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Dec. 23, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Arrests, Beauty standards, Colleges, Coming out, Crossdressing, Dating, Drag queens, Ethnic relations, Events, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Labour movement, Marriage, Movement (LGBTQ), Normalisation, Organisations, Secrecy, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Stereotypes, Therapists, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transgender prostitutes, Transgender rights, Transgender youth, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Brandon Teena, Christine Jorgensen, Donna M. Cartwright, Gender Right Advocacy Association of New Jersey (GRAANJ), GenderPAC, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Pride at Work, Terence Stamp, The New York Times
    Description: Donna Cartwright discusses her long history in the labor movement, as a socialist militant, in leading roles in trans rights organizing and LGBTQ organizations. She recounts her 30 years spent as a...
  9. Rye Young Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Young, Rye, O'Brien, Michelle Esther
    Date: Nov. 2, 2017
    Topics: Childhood, Classism, Families, Feminism, FtMs, Fundraising, Labour, Movement (LGBTQ), Organisations, Politics, Racism, Social movements
    Subject: Rye Young, Third Wave Fund
  10. Octavia Leona Kohner Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kohner, Octavia Leona
    Date: Mar. 27, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Anarchism, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Families, Feminists, Gender identity, Isolation, Labour movement, LGBTI community, MtFs, Political movements, Solidarity, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Violence, Working class
    Subject: Babeland, Octavia Leona Kohner
    Description: Octavia Leona Kohner was active in the successful unionization campaign at Babeland, a NYC sex toy shop. Here, she recounts her upbringing in a working-class family in Staten Island, and describes ...
  11. Naomi Clark Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Clark, Naomi
    Date: Mar. 3, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Bathrooms, Beauty standards, Change of name, Childhood, Coming out, Dating, Discrimination, Educators, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Internet forums, Isolation, LGBTI community, MtFs, Oppression, Parents (LGBTQ), Politics, Representation, Social networking websites, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Video games--Design, Work situation
    Subject: Judith Butler, Lambda Legal, Naomi Clark, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Naomi Clark describes her work with hte Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the on-line trans and queer community Strap-On.org, and her career in video game design. She begins her oral history with her chil...
  12. Michelle Esther O'Brien Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Kerr, Ted
    Date: Jan. 16, 2017
    Topics: 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
    Subject: bell hooks, Michelle Esther O'Brien
    Description: 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 ...
  13. JD Davids Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Davids, JD
    Date: Mar. 11, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Childhood, Coming out, Demonstrations, Drugs, Employment discrimination, Families, Feminism, FtMs, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, Housing, Internet, LGBTI community, Politics, Pregnancy, Schools, Sports, Transgender parents
    Subject: ACT-UP, Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP), JD Davids, Project TEACH
    Description: JD Davids, a writer, health activist, and communication strategist, recounts his experiences as a member of the Philadelphia HIV/AIDS activist movement and subsequent move to New York City. A Phila...
  14. Jamie Bauer Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Bauer, Jamie
    Date: Jun. 5, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Age, Childhood, Civil rights, Clothing, Coming out, Dating, Demonstrations, Drugs, Ethnic groups, FtMs, Gay rights, Gender diversity, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Lesbian community, Liberation movements, Politics, Racism, Relationships (LGBTQ), Therapists, Transgender community, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Violence, Work situation
    Subject: ACT-UP, Anita Bryant, Jamie Bauer, Women's Pentagon Action
    Description: Jamie Bauer recounts their childhood and adolescence growing up in New York City’s Stuyvesant Town, resisting family pressure to conform to normative gender expressions and discovering butch femme ...
  15. Spree Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video, Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Spree
    Date: Jun. 8, 2017
    Topics: Actors, AIDS activists, Appearance, Black people, Childhood, Coming out, Faeries, Families, Femininity, Gender identity, MtFs, Politics, Theatre, Transgender people
    Subject: ACT-UP, International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), Marsha P. Johnson, Ortez Alderman, Queer Nation, Spree
    Description: Performer, and activist Spree shares her experiences as a Radical Faerie; a member of ACT UP, The Emma Goldman Gypsy Players and The Eggplant Players; and a resident of numerous places around the w...