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  1. Akasha Barker Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Barker, Akasha, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Jul. 12, 2018
    Topics: Adolescence, Androgyny, Arrests, Arts and entertainment occupations, Beauty schools, Body image, Change of name, Drugs, Education, Family members, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Isolation, LGBTI community, Mental health, Music, NGOs, Police brutality, Sexually abused LGBTQ children, Support groups, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Description: In this conversation with interviewer Sebastián Castro Niculescu, entertainer Akasha Barker (she/her/hers & they/them/theirs) discusses her journey with her gender identity during the HIV/AIDS epid...
  2. Alyssa Pariah Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: O'Brien, Michelle Esther, Pariah, Alyssa
    Date: Jan. 16, 2018
    Topics: Activists, Appearance, Arrests, Bathrooms, Bullying, Capitalism, Child abuse, Childhood, Clothing, Communities, Detention, Direct action, Discrimination, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Occupy movement--New York (State)--New York, Police, Relationships (LGBTQ), Schools, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sexuality, Social movements, Socialism, Transgender youth, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Alyssa Pariah, Black Lives Matter (BLM)
    Description: Alyssa Pariah recounts her difficult childhood in New Jersey, her involvement in trans women of color and sex worker communities in New York, and her radicalization as a revolutionary socialist. Sh...
  3. An Interview with Hanmuji

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: We Who Feel Differently
    Creator: Motta, Carlos
    Date: May 30, 2010
    Topics: Anti-discrimination law, Discrimination, Employment discrimination, Femininity, FtMs, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Homophobia, Identification cards, Intersex, LGBTI community, Malpractice, Masculinity, Mastectomy, Medical interventions, MtFs, Passing (gender), Politics, Sexual orientation, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transphobia, Transsexualism
    Description: Hanmuji, an FTM trans man, discusses his experience as a trans person and the structures and policies surrounding the transgender community in Korea.
  4. Carla Roldos Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Roldos, Carla, Keyes, Anna
    Date: Apr. 18, 2018
    Topics: Appearance, Death and dying, Drag balls, Employment discrimination, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Hormones, LGBTI community, Mental health, MtFs, Nursing, Passing (gender), Politics, Public safety, Role models, Support groups, Transgender people
    Subject: Gay mother
    Description: In an interview with Anna Keyes, trans woman Carla Roldos talks about her experiences transitioning and becoming a member of the trans community in New York City. Roldos specifically discusses the ...
  5. Cayenne Doroshow Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Doroshow, Cayenne, Nova, Cyd
    Date: Feb. 19, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Age, Childhood, Clothing, Coming out, Communities, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Families, Femininity, Gay community, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Homelessness, Hormones, Housing, Language, LGBTI community, Loneliness, MtFs, Racism, Representation, Riots, Roman catholicism, Sexual assault, Support groups, Therapies, Transgender people, Transgender rights, Transitioning (Transgender), Violence
    Subject: Caitlyn Jenner, Cayenne Doroshow, Miss Major
    Description: Cayenne Doroshow shares her experience developing a supportive relationship with her family, enduring ignorance and discrimination, first meeting another transwoman, learning about hormones, and di...
  6. Chanel Lopez Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lopez, Chanel, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Jul. 31, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Adolescence, Appearance, Change of name, Christianity, Crossdressing, Discrimination, Drag balls, Drag community, Drugs, Families, Femininity, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Isolation, Mental health, Role models, Schools, Self-acceptance, Transgender community
    Subject: Anti Violence Project, Bronx Community Pride Center, Crash Club
    Description: Transgender communities liaison Chanel Lopez details her experience as a Latinx trans woman in both New York and the Dominican Republic. Lopez opens up to interviewer Sebastian Castro Niculescu abo...
  7. Interview with André Pérez

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Pérez, André
    Date: Oct. 20, 2016
    Topics: Abuse, Aggression, AIDS activists, Assigned gender, Civil rights, Feminism, FtMs, Gay pride, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormone therapy, Immigration, Lesbians, Machismo, Masculinity, Poverty, Sexual assault, Sports, Tomboys, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people, Violence
    Subject: Cacina Queen, Greta Martela, Nina Chaubal, Sasha Perez, Story Corps, Trans Lifeline, Trans Oral History Project, Vagina Monologues
    Description: André Pérez was 28 at the time of the interview, identifies as trans, uses they/them and he/him pronouns, and was assigned female at birth. They were a tomboy growing up liking sports and being ver...
  8. Interview with Aria Said

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Said, Aria
    Date: Jun. 6, 2017
    Topics: Adopted children, African American transgender people, Appearance, Assigned gender, Black people, Catholic Church--Education, Drag queens, Film, Foster parents, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Gentrification, Imprisonment, Language, Mental health, MtFs, NGOs, Passing (gender), Privilege (Social psychology), Self-acceptance, Serial killings, Sexuality, Social media, Therapies, Transgender community, Transgender people, Visibility
    Subject: Christine Jorgensen, Harry Benjamin Standards of Care, Isis King, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Major, Sojurner Truth Leadership Circle Fellowship for Transformational Leadership, Stonewall, Sylvia Rivera, TGI Justice Project
    Description: Aria Said identifies as a black heterosexual transsexual female or trans woman, and she was assigned male at birth. She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon as well as Beaverton, Oregon, which i...
  9. Interview with Arin McNeese

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: McNeese, Arin
    Date: Jan. 12, 2017
    Topics: Alcoholism, Dating, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Hormone therapy, Medication, Transgender people, Transgender youth
    Subject: Aliveness Project, Cherokee, Loretta Worthington, Minnesot Priority Populations, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Pride Institute, Shades of Color, Trans Family Support Services
    Description: Arin McNeese identifies as Mixed Native American and as a trans male originally from Minnesota. They currently live in San Diego and have been a part of multiple LGBT organizations in both San Dieg...
  10. Interview with Ash (Ashley) Scott

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Scott, Ash (Ashley)
    Date: Oct. 29, 2015
    Topics: African American transgender people, Appearance, Bullying, Communication, Dating, Disabilities, Discrimination, Drag kings, Femininity, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Hormone therapy, Language, Masculinity, Military, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Schools, Surgery, Therapies
    Description: Ash Scott identifies as a black female to male trans guy who was assigned female at birth. He is an Air Force brat. He was born in California at the Castle Air Force Base. He also lived in Louisian...
  11. Interview with Ash Farah

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Farah, Ash
    Date: Jun. 1, 2017
    Topics: Bisexuality, Black people, Exorcism, FtMs, Gender dysphoria, Gender realignment surgery, Hijab (Islamic clothing), Homelessness, Intersex, Migrants, Misogyny, Racism, Religions, Same-sex marriage, Transgender youth
    Subject: Avenues for Homeless Youth, Barack Obama, CeCe McDonald, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Out Front, Roxanne Anderson
    Description: Ash Farah identifies as a bisexual black trans man and was born with an intersex condition with gonads that were surgically enhanced. He was assigned female at birth and was born in the middle part...
  12. Interview with Catalina Velasquez

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Velasquez, Catalina
    Date: Dec. 9, 2016
    Topics: Augmentation mammaplasty, Change of name, Citizenship, Colombian Americans, Dating, Development, Employment, Gender realignment surgery, Health insurance, Illegal aliens, Masculinity, MtFs, Privilege (Social psychology), Racism, Relationships (LGBTQ), Role behaviour, Self-acceptance, Transgender people, Xenophobia
    Subject: Audre Lorde, Casa Ruby, Laverne Cox
    Description: Catalina Velasquez identifies as a straight transgender woman attracted to cis men and goes by Queen Goddess Sister. She is Colombian, was born in Cali, Colombia, and has a sister. She came to the ...
  13. Interview with Charlene Bradshaw

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Jenkins, Andrea, Bradshaw, Charlene
    Date: Jan. 12, 2016
    Topics: Black people, Bullying, Childhood, Children, Coming out, Education, FtMs, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Homophobia, Lesbians, Masculinity, Military, Sexism, Sexuality, Spirituality, Support groups, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Travel, Volunteering, Writers
    Subject: Charlene Bradshaw, Don't Ask, Don't Tell
    Description: In this oral history, Charlene Bradshaw reflects on his experiences living in Minneapolis, MN as a Black transgender person. Bradshaw describes himself as a ‘baby transgender,’ at the beginning of ...
  14. Interview with Crispin Torres

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Torres, Crispin, Jenkins, Andrea
    Date: May 27, 2016
    Topics: Coming out, Education, Educators, Gay community, Gay culture, Gay families, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Latinos, Masculinity, Mexican Americans, Misogyny, Musicians, Political movements, Relationships (LGBTQ), Roman catholicism, Surgery, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia
    Subject: Lambda Legal
    Description: Crispin Torres has been an LGBT advocate and worked to support LGBT people with national organizations for much of his professional career. In this oral history, Torres shares his personal story, f...
  15. Interview with Damion Mendez

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Mendez, Damion
    Date: Jun. 17, 2017
    Topics: Adoption, Assigned gender, Bullying, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Gay men, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormone therapy, Hysterectomy, Latinos, Lesbians, Masculinity, Medicalisation, Men, Passing (gender), Racism, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia
    Subject: Barack Obama, Family Tree Clinic, Human Sexuality Program, Janet Byrstrom, Jendeen Forberg, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Mondo Queer Beach Party, Pamela Anderson, Prince, Pulse Night Club, Roxanne Anderson
    Description: Damion Mendez is a Latino trans masculine identified person who mostly grew up in St. Paul, MN. In this oral history, he shares his experiences with transracial adoption, his early realizations of ...