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  1. Interview with Eddie Jarel Jones

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Jones, Eddie Jarel
    Date: May 29, 2019
    Topics: African American universities and colleges, Anti-transgender violence, Bathrooms, Beauty standards, Bisexual youth, Black people, Bullying, Childhood, Cosmetics, Crossdressing, Dating, Discrimination, Drag, Family members, Femininity, Gay and lesbian youth, Gay pride, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Heterosexism, Homophobia, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Pronoun, Racism, Self-image, Social media, Telecommunication, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transgender youth, Transphobia, Visibility, Women's colleges
    Subject: Bathroom Act, BlackTransTV, Jussie Smollett, King Children, Lincoln University, MOBIfest, Morehouse College, Philly Fashion Week, Pose, Sean Torrington, Slay TV, SLAYFEST, SpeakOut, Spelman College, Terry Torrington, The Phluid Project, World Pride 2019
    Description: Eddie Jarel Jones is a Cleveland, Ohio native and current social influencer, media personality, producer, Emcee, and model. They reflect on the experience of attending a Historically Black College ...
  2. Interview with Ash Stephens

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Ash Stephens
    Date: Apr. 19, 2019
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Black people, Butches, Change of name, Childhood, Christianity, Education, Family members, Femininity, Gay men, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gentrification, Higher education, Lesbian culture, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Military, Movement (LGBTQ), Older people, Police patrol--Surveillance operations, Politics, Pronoun, Religions, Social classes, Soft butches, Transgender community, Transgender culture, Transgender identity, Transgender people
    Subject: Bible Belt, Black Hollywood, Brooklyn Bail Fund, Georgia Southern University, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Description: Ash recounts growing up in a southern Bible Belt community. He details his journey from Georgia to Chicago where he completed his higher-level education and met his “chosen family.” Ash is currentl...
  3. Interview with Gia Love

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Love, Gia
    Date: Apr. 11, 2019
    Topics: African diaspora, African-americans, Black people, Bullying, Butches, Childhood, Crossdressing, Debates, Drag balls, Femininity, Foster children, Gender, Gender diversity, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormones, LGBTI community, Masculinity, Mothers, Racism, Sexism, Sexual abuse, Soft butches, Special education, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Violence, Women
    Subject: Butch Queen, City College, Destination Tomorrow, Ginovia, Greenlight Hub, Harlem United, Harvard University, House of Bacardi, House of Juicy, House of Louboutin, House of McQueen, Islan Nettles, Kalem Lord, Malcolm X, Marist College, Martin Luther King Jr., New York Urban Debate League (NYUDL), Paris Is Burning, Sundance, TQ, Uber
    Description: Gia Love reflects on her life in the kiki ball scene, an underground queer and trans dance community in New York City. In kiki, particularly the House of Juicy, Gia found deep friendships and a sup...
  4. Interview with Capri Kasai

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Kasai, Capri
    Date: Mar. 19, 2019
    Topics: Black people, Body image, Child abuse, Childhood, Climatic changes, Conservatism, Disaster medicine, Divorce, Environmental justice, Environmentalism, Femininity, Film, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender role, Health care, Homophobia, Internet, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, Liberalism, Masculinity, Military, Misogyny, Moving, Household, Music, Parents (LGBTQ), Politics, Polygamy, Public health, Queer theory, Racism, Religions, Skinheads, Southern States, Visibility, Writers
    Description: Capri recounts their childhood in a military family and the resulting relocations that their family underwent. They address family dynamics that continue to affect their inner monologue and relatio...
  5. Interview with Tei Okamoto

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Okamoto, Tei
    Date: Mar. 10, 2019
    Topics: Artists, Black people, Coming out, Drag balls, Family members, Femininity, Film, Gender, Gender role, Health care, Heterosexuals, HIV/AIDS, Japanese American families, Masculinity, Medical interventions, Oral history, Poetry (LGBTQ), Prisons, Pronoun, Racially mixed people, Sex education, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sexuality, STDs, Substance abuse, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Youth
    Subject: Asians, Blacks, and Latin and United New Tribes (ABLUNT), Azar Namdar, Bette Ledder, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), Che Vilanueva, Christopher Lee, City University of New York (CUNY), Club Universe, Coco Club, Dejah Dior, Estella Gonzales, Gail Wyatt, Gerbari Allah, Gina Eichenbaum, Greg Kats, House 806, House of Hope, House of Infinity, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Imani Uzuri, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Jeannie Little, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), Joan Morgan, Joel Gomez, Justice: Just Us, Kara Paige, Kelsey Lou, Menses, Omar Daniel, Planned Parenthood, Project Street Beat, Queers for Economic Justice, Rockwood Fellow, Samin Bashir, Sarah Schulman, Sienna Shields, Sweetest Hangover, Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center, The Slams, Tom Dwayne, Tranny Fest, Trans Advocay in Rural Places (TARP), Trans Project at University of California, San Francisco, Trish Moran, When the Chicken Heads Come Home to Roost, Whitney Biennial, Women's Health Project, Zander Gracia
  6. 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), Passing (sexuality), 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 ...
  7. Interview with Raquel Willis

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Willis, Raquel
    Date: Jun. 7, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Assigned gender, Black people, Coming out, Counseling, Dating, Drag, Drag kings, Family members, Femininity, Feminism, FtMs, Gay identity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender role, Homophobia, Hormone therapy, Masculinity, MtFs, Religions, Religious texts, Role behaviour, Sexism, Southern States, Sports, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Writers
    Subject: Black Girl Dangerous, RuPaul, Trans Advocacy Organization, Transgender Law Center
    Description: Raquel Willis is a black southern transgender queer woman from Augusta, Georgia who was raised Catholic. Her mom was an educator for almost 30 years at Augusta Technical College while her dad worke...
  8. Nala Simone Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Simone, Nala, Calou, Yana
    Date: May 9, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, Anti-transgender violence, Childhood, Clergy, Colleges, Coming out, Drag balls, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Femininity, Gender realignment surgery, Harassment, Hormones, Masculinity, Oppression, Racism, Religions, Representation, Solidarity, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Workshops
    Subject: Aaryn Lang, Janet Mock, Laverne Cox, Lourdes Ashley Hunter, Miss Major, Nala Simone
    Description: Nala Simone is an activist who was born and raised in Brooklyn. Nala begins with her childhood in Bushwick, her time as a fashion design student at the Fashion Institute of Design, and her process ...
  9. Interview with Anthony Ceballos

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Ceballos, Anthony
    Date: May 1, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Androgyny, Appearance, Bullying, Families, Femininity, Gay men, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Masculinity, Ojibwa Indians, Partners (LGBTQ), Role behaviour, Self-acceptance, Transgender people, Two-spirit people, Verbal abuse
    Subject: Lynnette Reini-Grandell, Transgender Oral History Project, Venus de Mars
    Description: Anthony Ceballos grew up in Minneapolis, MN and identifies as gay, androgynous, and Native. In this oral history, he talks about his experiences with femininity; being bullied in middle school for ...
  10. Interview with JAC Stringer

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Stringer, JAC
    Date: Feb. 17, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Androgyny, Assigned gender, Bipolar disorder, Bullying, Children, Coming out, Counseling, Depression, Discrimination, Drag, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Health care, Hormones, Labour movement, Masculinity, Medication, Mental health, Misogyny, Native americans, Oppression, Parents of transgender people, Peace movement, Relationships (LGBTQ), Roman catholicism, Suicide, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Description: JAC Stringer identifies as part Native American and genderqueer on the trans masculine spectrum and was assigned female at birth. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio in a city neighborhood close to down...
  11. Interview with Zeam Porter

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Porter, Zeam
    Date: Dec. 29, 2016
    Topics: Activists, Age, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Depression, Discrimination, Family members, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormones, Intersectionality (Sociology), Masculinity, Medical interventions, Mental disorders, Poetry, Privilege (Social psychology), Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Sexual orientation, Sports
    Subject: Gender Revolution 8, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, OutFront Minnesota
    Description: Zeam Porter identifies as a black polyamorous transmasculine genderqueer demiboy and was assigned female at birth. His gender is very fluid but also grounded in being trans masculine. They prefer h...
  12. Lee Livingston Perine

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Perine, Lee Livingston
    Date: Dec. 22, 2016
    Topics: Acceptance, Black people, Butch-femme relationships, Children, Coming out, Divorce, Families, Femininity, Gay identity, Gender identity, Gender realignment surgery, Marriage, Masculinity, Misogyny, Racism, Sexuality, Sports, Suicide, Tomboys, Transgender people, Transphobia, Twins
    Subject: Donald Trump
    Description: Lee Levingston Perine identifies as a black genderqueer and trans person and was assigned female at birth. They were 38 at the time of the interview. They have an older brother and a fraternal twin...
  13. Interview with Elliot Winter

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Winter, Elliot
    Date: Jun. 8, 2016
    Topics: Adopted children, Anti-transgender violence, Assigned gender, Bullying, Clothing, Drug abuse, Families, Femininity, Gender realignment surgery, Hormone therapy, Korean Americans, Masculinity, Online dating, Parents, White, Racism, Role behaviour, Schools, Self-acceptance, Sexuality, Social media, Suicide, Therapies, Tomboys, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Description: Elliot Winter identifies as a transgender male and was assigned female at birth. One of his earliest memories is fighting his parents to wear clothing that suited him as a child. He moved around a ...
  14. Interview With Owen Marciano

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Marciano, Owen
    Date: Dec. 5, 2015
    Topics: Acceptance, Body image, Bullying, Child abuse, Class struggle, Depression, Discrimination, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gender role, Hormone therapy, Hysterectomy, Masculinity, Menstruation, Mental health, Self-acceptance, Suicide
    Description: Owen Marciano is a genderqueer individual from Rochester, NY. In this oral history, Owen shares Owen’s experiences of coming to terms with Owen’s identity in a narrative that is nontraditional from...
  15. Interview with Ignacio Rivera

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Rivera, Ignacio
    Date: Nov. 7, 2015
    Topics: Activists, Androgyny, Artists, Assigned gender, Bullying, Children of transgender people, Coming out, Discrimination, Education, Families, Femininity, Gender realignment surgery, Gender role, Heteronormativity, Hormones, Hysterectomy, Indigenous peoples, Lesbian culture, Lesbians, Masculinity, Mental health, Misogyny, Partners (LGBTQ), Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Transgender people, Transphobia, Two-spirit people, Writers
    Subject: Amanda Rivera, New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti Violence Project, Poly Patao Productions, This Bridge Called My Back
    Description: Ignacio Rivera identifies as a transgender queer, two-spirit person who was assigned female at birth. They are an internationally known performance artist, activist, sex educator, writer, and blogg...