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  1. Yanyi Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Yanyi, Lisowski, Zef
    Date: Jun. 11, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Allies, Appearance, Bathrooms, Bullying, Coming out, Communities, Ethnic groups, Gay-straight alliances, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Libraries, Masculinity, Media, Parents of transgender people, Poets, Public services, Racism, Religions, Representation, Schools, Secrecy, Sexuality, Social media, Students, Therapists, Tomboys, Transgender community, Transgender people, Violence, Work situation, Writers
    Description: Yanyi, a poet and software engineer, reflects on his experiences being part of and building many forms of community, including Asian American community, queer/trans community, and neighborhood comm...
  2. Vivian Lopez Ponce Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Ponce, Vivian Lopez, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Aug. 21, 2018
    Topics: Acceptance, Activists, AIDS activists, Discos, Family members, HIV/AIDS, Homosexuality, MtFs, Sexology, Sexual relationships, Sexuality, Support groups, Transgender people, Women
    Description: In an interview with Sebástian Castro Niculescu, activist Vivian Lopez Ponce details her struggles with her gender identity throughout her life, including a lack of familial acceptance and family d...
  3. Trans Oral History: On the Stroll

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Transgender Oral History Project
    Creator: Transgender Oral History Project
    Date: Aug. 26, 2011
    Topics: Crossdressing, Finances, Sexuality, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Description: Shanelle speaks abut her experiences growing up and how she began working the streets of New York.
  4. Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Van Ness, Lorenzo, Asapansa-Johnson Walker, Tanya
    Date: Apr. 2, 2017
    Topics: Activists, Army, Bullying, Childhood, Christianity, Discrimination, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Gender identity, Harassment, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Homelessness, Homophobia, Hormones, LGBTI community, LGBTQ+ sex workers, Migration, MtFs, Nurses, Oppression, Passing (Gender), Politics, Racism, Resistance movements, Sexual harassment, Sexuality, Social exclusion, Social workers, Substance abuse, Transgender people, Transphobia, Violence
    Subject: Karen Burstein, Paris Is Burning, Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker
    Description: Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker is a co-founder of the New York Transgender Advocacy Group (NYTAG). Here, she shares her history of LGB and trans activism in New York City. Born on Staten Island, Mis...
  5. Shelby Chestnut Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Awad, Nadia, Chestnut, Shelby
    Date: May 14, 2017
    Topics: Addictions, Arts, Butches, Clothing, Coming out, Depression, Ethnic groups, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Health care, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Identity, Indian reservations--Montana, Learning difficulties, LGBTI community, LGBTQ+ relationships, Native americans, Representation, Schools, Sexuality, Soft butches, Suburbs, Transgender rights, Violence, Youth
    Subject: Janet Mock
    Description: Shelby Chestnut describes their childhood and adolescence between Montana and Minnesota, discussing friendships and family, bullying and acceptance, mixed-race (Native American and white) identity,...
  6. Sebastián Castro Niculescu Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Niculescu, Sebastián Castro, O'Brien, Michelle
    Date: Jun. 7, 2018
    Topics: Childhood, Colleges, Cosmetics, Drag, Femininity, Gender identity, Online dating, Sexual assault, Sexuality, Transgender people
    Description: Sebastián discusses growing up between Long Island and Queens. She recounts stories of sneaking into the NYC drag club scene through the early 2010s, bridging her love of extreme drag into critical...
  7. Santos Arce Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Arce, Santos, Van Ness, Lorenzo
    Date: Jul. 14, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Child abuse, Childhood, Class struggle, Clothing, Coming out, Families, Friendships, FtMs, Gender identity, Hormones, Labour, Latinos, Lesbian identity, LGBTI community, LGBTQ+ relationships, Masculinity, Music, Music groups, Musicians, Night life, Sex education, Sexual orientation, Sexuality, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Description: Santos, a bassist and sex educator, shares the story of his life in New York City, from his strict upbringing in East New York in the 80's, to his introduction to the punk and hardcore scene in the...
  8. Oral History Interview with Miss Grace Kelly

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project
    Creator: Kelly, Miss Grace
    Date: Feb. 24, 2018
    Topics: Bondage, Christianity, Drag, Drag community, Drag queens, Family members, Female impersonators, Gender expression, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ bars, LGBTQ+ Black people, LGBTQ+ Christians, LGBTQ+ night life, Pageants, Sex work, Sexuality
    Subject: Body Image, Carolyn Sue Wilson, City Market, Jefferson Center, Kristina, Lady Bunny, Miss Gay Roanoke Pageant, Murphy's, Neely O'Hara, Pride in the Park, RuPaul's Drag Race, Salem Avenue, The Horoscope, The Park, The Trade Winds, Tim Clark
    Description: Interviewer: Ashleigh Griffin; Princess Carter Interviewee: Miss Grace Kelly Date: 24 February 2018 Duration: 1:41:40 Transcription prepared by: Ashleigh Griffin
  9. Oral History Interview with Anton Black

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Southwest Virginia LGBTQ+ History Project
    Creator: Black, Anton
    Date: Feb. 22, 2018
    Topics: Androgyny, Drag, Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ+ activism, LGBTQ+ Christians, LGBTQ+ people of colour, Same-sex marriage, Sexuality
    Subject: Agoraphobia, Anton Black, Elmwood Park, PRISM Foundation, Roanoke Pride
    Description: Interviewer: Caitlyn Lewis; Kitty Bridgewater Interviewee: Anton Black Date: 22 February 2018 Duration: 66:22 Transcription prepared by: Caitlyn Lewis
  10. Naz Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Naz, Awad, Nadia
    Date: Apr. 20, 2017
    Topics: Arts and entertainment occupations, Childhood, Class struggle, Clothing, Colleges, Communities, Employment discrimination, Ethnic groups, Families, Gender diversity, Homosexuality, Identity, Immigration, Islam, Labour, Politics, Refugees, Schools, Sexuality, Sports, Substance abuse, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Description: Naz is a gender non-conforming queer artist who works around in between spaces. They were born in Iran into a middle class muslim family, and followed their parents to the United States as a child ...
  11. 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...
  12. Kai Pelton Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Maya, Elliott, Pelton, Kai
    Date: Jul. 17, 2017
    Topics: Acceptance, Adultism, Androgyny, Appearance, Artists, Femininity, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Hormones, Mental health, Music, Schools, Sexuality, Theatre, Transgender community
    Description: Kai Pelton is a co-facilitator of the Trans-Generational Theatre Project, a community initiative in NYC for trans-folk. Here, the 21 y.o. New York City native describes their journey as a trans per...
  13. Jarrett Key Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Key, Jarrett, Niculescu, Sebastián Castro
    Date: Jul. 25, 2018
    Topics: Artists, Black people, Choreographers, Colleges, Dancers, Families, LGBTI community, Politics, Sexuality, Twins
    Subject: Brown University
    Description: Jarrett Key speaks of their childhood growing up in rural Alabama with a twin brother who also identifies as queer. They speak of their whirlwind move to New York City after attending Brown Univers...
  14. Interview with Zeno Peterson

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Peterson, Zeno
    Date: May 28, 2019
    Topics: Bathrooms, Black people, Class struggle, Classicists, Gender, Gender identity, Gender role, Heteronormativity, Hormones, Masculinity, Musical theatre, Narcissism, Patriarchy, Pronoun, Racism, Rap (Music), Sexuality, Transgender people, Upper class
    Subject: descarga, hormone normative, Parmenides, traumatic narcissism, Zeno of Elea
    Description: Zeno is a wordsmith, performer and educator. He discusses his experience of traumatic narcissism, the difficulty with affirmations, and limitations pronouns have on encompassing an expansive relati...
  15. Interview with Tygra Slarii

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Slarii, Tygra Trinity
    Date: Jan. 26, 2017
    Topics: Adoption, Assigned gender, Augmentation mammaplasty, Ballroom dancing, Biological parenthood, Choirs, Drag, Drag community, Families, Hormone therapy, LGBTQ+ sex workers, MtFs, Sexuality, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Twins
    Subject: Aquarius, Brody Bartlett, Damon Kelsey, Michelle Obama, On the Roof, Puttin on the Ritz
    Description: Tygra Slarii is a trans pansexual woman assigned male at birth who uses both she/her, they/them, and it pronouns. She comes from a black family with three brothers, one of whom is an identical twin...