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  1. Interview with Andrea Abi-Karam

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Abi-Karam, Andrea
    Date: Jun. 21, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Anti-fascism, Body image, Capitalism, Childhood, Counterculture, Depression, Divorce, Family members, Gender minorities, Gentrification, Health care, Hormones, Insurance, Masculinity, Neofascism, Oppression, Physicians, Poetry (LGBTQ), Prisons, Psychiatrists, Religions, Suburbs, Surgery, Tattoos, Terrorism, Transgender people, Zines
    Subject: Ana Mendieta, Elizabeth Bishop, Ghost Ship Fire, GQ, Maryanne Moore, Mills College, New York Police Department (NYPD), Nighboat Books, Sister Spit, Spraytan, Sylvia Plath, They/Them
  2. 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), Passing (sexuality), 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...
  3. 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...
  4. Interview with Barms

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Barms
    Date: May 17, 2019
    Topics: Anarchism, Anthropology, Anti-transgender violence, Art history, Autism spectrum disorders, Bars, Bisexual identity, Bisexuality, Childhood, Children, Christianity, Class struggle, Clubs, Coming out, Communism, Construction workers, Disabilities, Femininity, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender dysphoria, Gender role, Gentrification, Hate speech, Homophobia, Internet, Labour movement, Marxism, Masculinity, Mental disorders, New Left, People with disabilities, Performance art, Pronoun, Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Sexuality, Socialism, Solidarity, Surgery, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Writers
    Subject: 9/11 Terror Attacks, A Red Bloom, Chris O'Feeley, Me Too Movement, Michael Bloomberg, Pratt Institute, Queer Workers Project, Rudy Guiliani, Sam Goody, True Scum
    Description: Barms is a construction worker apprentice and a communist. In this interview, they discuss the role of philosophy and abstract thinking for themselves and many trans people as a strategy of managin...
  5. Interview with Che Gossett

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Gossett, Che
    Date: May 3, 2019
    Topics: AIDS education, Arab-Israeli conflict, Archivists, Baptist church, Black people, Black studies, Colonialism, Community centres, Cross-cultural relationships, Education, Femininity, Film, Gay clergy, Gender, Gender studies, Gentrification, HIV/AIDS, Homeless people, Homelessness, Justice, Labour, Military, Politics, Prisons, Pronoun, Racism, Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Roman catholicism, Segregation, Thai boxing, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Subject: ACT UP Philly, All of Us or None, Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), Audre Lorde Project, Black Panthers, Center for Reserach on Women at Barnard, Critical Resistance, Darby Hickey, David Farwell, Detroit: Yes I Do Mind Dying, Different Avenues, Fox News, Fred Milton, Galaei, George Jackson, Hearts on a Wire, James Baldwin, Jerry Brown, Lambda Literary Retreat, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Michael Gurden, Native Son, Philadelphia FIGHT, Project Home, Roxbury, Ryan Smith, Ryan White Youth Conference, Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR), The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Trans Health Conference, Uphams Corner Health Clinic, Yuri Kochiyama
    Description: Che Gossett shares on the left political history of their parents, their time spent in multiple abolitionist, black and queer organizing groups, and their becoming a critical scholar of trans studi...
  6. Interview with Erica Connerney

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Connerney, Erica
    Date: Jul. 16, 2019
    Topics: AIDS awareness, Anti-transgender violence, Asian religions, Asian studies, Bisexuality, Buddhism, Cabaret, Change of name, Childhood, Crossdressing, Employment discrimination, Erotica, Family members, Gay liberation, Gay political groups, Gay pride, Gender realignment surgery, Gentrification, Government, Hijras, Isolation, Lesbian culture, Lesbian girls, Relationships (LGBTQ), Religions, Roman catholicism, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Transgender people, Transphobia, Transsexual people, Women's colleges, Writers
    Subject: Boston Globe, Central Asian Studies, Corporal Klinger, Cubbyhole, Donald Trump, Dyke March, Get Behind Me Satan, Henrietta Hudson's, Jacque's, Janice Raymond, Jeff Sessions, Kamilah Harris, M*A*S*H, MacDowell Colony, On Our Backs, Pace University, Pat Oleszko, Pose, Queer Liberation March, Rita Hester, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susie Bright, The Queen of Exit Seventeen, The Transsexual Empire, The Upside-down Tree: India's Changing Culture, Trans Advocate, Trans Day of Action, Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminism (TERF), Vera Lex: Journal of the International Natural Law Society, Wheaton College, Wicca
    Description: Erica Connerney is a philosophy/trans literature professor and author living in Tribeca, NY. She discusses her past and present in terms of her identity as a transsexual woman, as well as her hopes...
  7. Interview with Geleni Fontaine

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Fontaine, Geleni
    Date: Feb. 5, 2019
    Topics: Alternative medicine, Gentrification, Martial arts, Transgender community, Transgender people, Working class
    Subject: Brooklyn Women's Martial Arts, Center for Anti-violence Education, Imani Henry, Leslie Feinberg, Metropolitan Gender Network, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Geleni Fontaine is an acupuncturist, RN and healer based on Brooklyn. In this interview, they share on their growing up in a working class Cuban family in Park Slope, Brooklyn, prior to the neighbo...
  8. Interview with Imara Jones

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Jones, Imara
    Date: Apr. 25, 2019
    Topics: Activists, Ageism, Black people, Capitalism, Childhood, Future, Gender identity, Gentrification, Journalists, Marxism, Mass media, Politics, Representation, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Transgender community, Transgender movement, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Audre Lorde, Black Trans Future, Color Lines, David French, Donald Trump, Free Speech Television, Governor's House, Happy Birthday, Marsha, Marsha Clark, Marsha P. Johnson, Morehouse College, New York Women's Studies Association Conference, Pose, Saidiya Hartman, The Anti-Violence Project (AVP), The Last Sip, The New York Women's Foundation, Tourmaline, Tovia Smith, Trans Slash
    Description: Imara Jones reflects on the challenges and rewards of producing independent media for diverse millennial audiences, including her talk show The Last Sip and her docuseries Translash. She addresses ...
  9. Interview with Julienne Brown (Mizz June)

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
    Creator: Brown, Julienne (Mizz June)
    Date: May 6, 2016
    Topics: African American transgender people, Allies, Bullying, Christianity, Clothing, Dating, Femininity, Film, Gender fluid, Gender identity, Gentrification, Intersectionality (Sociology), Labelling, LGBTI community, Migration, Representation, Role behaviour, Schools, Sexism, Sexual identity, Transgender identity, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Audre Lorde Project (ALP), FIERCE, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera
    Description: Julienne Brown “Mizz June,” grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She describes her strong relationship with her grandfather and her challenges with her mother’s adherence to her Jehovah’s W...
  10. Interview with Kiyan Williams

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Williams, Kiyan
    Date: Jun. 26, 2019
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Artists, Black people, Black studies, Childhood, Drag balls, Feminism, Gender diversity, Gentrification, Liberty, Transgender youth, Visual arts
    Subject: Black Feminism, Breakthrough US, Cachous, Cherrie Moraga, Chi Chiz, Columbia University, Gay-Straight Alliance, Gloria Anzaldua, John Morgan, Lambda Literary Award, No Ashes in the Fire, Rashad Newsome, Rutgers Newark, Shade Chronicles, Stonewall
  11. Interview with Mylo Mendez

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Mendez, Mylo
    Date: Jun. 11, 2019
    Topics: Anarchism, Arts, Childhood, Coming out, Education, Family members, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender role, Gender studies, Gentrification, Health care, Jiu-jitsu, Machismo, Martial arts, Marxism, Masculinity, Politics, Pronoun, Punk, Self-defence, Sexual identity, Thai boxing, Transgender identity, Transgender people, Vegans, Women's studies, Zines
    Subject: Bancho MMA, Florence Johnston Collective, Otion Front Studios, Parsons School of Design, Physical Culture Collective, Queer Fight School, Silent Barn, Silvia Federici, Students Against Cruelty to Animals (SACA), The New School, Unity and Struggle, University of Texas - Austin (UT Austin), We're Hir, We're Queer
    Description: In this interview Mylo Mendez shares hir ongoing work with creating queer and trans self-defense. Ze discusses hir evolution as an artist, currently working in zines, as well as hir involvement wit...
  12. Interview with Robbi Ann Mecus

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Mecus, Robbi Ann
    Date: Aug. 23, 2019
    Topics: Anti-gay violence, Anti-transgender violence, Bathrooms, Crossdressing, Disabilities, Drag, Family members, Femininity, Forest rangers, Gay pride, Gender, Gender diversity, Gender identity, Gentrification, Health care, Homophobia, Internalised homophobia, Lesbians, LGBTI community, Machismo, Masculinity, Parenthood, Passing (gender), Passing (sexuality), Police, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Roman catholicism, Secrecy, Sexism, Siblings, Trade unions, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people, Visibility
    Subject: 2017 Women's March, Bizarre Bushwick, Donald Trump, Kate Bornstein, Renee Richards, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Second Serve, Stonewall, The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), Trans Day of Action
    Description: In this interview, Robbi Ann Mecus describes her journey from growing up with her family, experiencing gender dysphoria in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, to living as her ...
  13. Interview with Tashan Lovermore

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Lovemore, Tashan
    Date: Feb. 28, 2019
    Topics: Black people, Change of name, Childhood, Family members, Gender, Gentrification, Hormones, LGBTI community, Microaggressions, Photography, Pronoun, Religions, Self-acceptance, Transgender community, Transgender people
    Subject: Bklyn Boihood, Black Trans TV, BLK RYL Production, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Kingsborough Community College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), The Door, The Labyrinth Foundation Counseling/Gender Service, Inc., The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center)
    Description: Tashan Lovemore shares his path to his "limitless" gender, pushing against narrow expectations of masculinity and manhood while finding contentment and confidence in his own gender. He grew up in t...
  14. Interview with Tourmaline

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Tourmaline
    Date: Sep. 18, 2019
    Topics: Ableism, Artists, Black people, Black power, Black studies, Christianity, Discrimination, Film, Gender diversity, Gender role, Gentrification, HIV-positive people, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Housing, Kwanzaa, Prisons, Pronoun, Racism, Religions, Trade unions, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Atlanta is a Sea of Bones, Black Panthers, Critical Resistance 10 (CR 10), Curb Resistance, David Farwell, Diane Davies, Faith Soloway, FIERCE, Happy Birthday, Marsha, Invaders, Jay Toole, Joseph DeFilippis, Legacy of Bones, Marcus Garvey, Marsha P. Johnson, Miss Egyptt, Miss Major, Mudbound, Ola Osaze, Queers for Economic Justice, Sasha Warsal, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Taking Freedom Home, The Door, The House of Lady Snow, Veterans Affairs (VA), Welfare Warriors, Women's Liberation Front
  15. Interview with Violet

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: NYC Trans Oral History Project
    Creator: Violet
    Date: May 10, 2019
    Topics: Capitalism, Childhood, Civil rights, Class struggle, Ethnic groups, Femininity, Furry fandom (Subculture), Gender, Gender realignment surgery, Gentrification, Health care, Hormones, Mental health, Music, Outing, Roleplay, Sexism, Social classes, Transgender community, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender)
    Subject: Soundcloud
    Description: Violet shares her experience of being a musician and DJ in New York’s rave scene while navigating the political landscape of gentrification. Having grown up nomadically with immigrant parents, she ...