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  1. San Francisco Minstrels!

    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Date: May 12, 1874
    Topics: Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theater
    Subject: A. Smidt, Beaumont Read, Billy Birch, Birch, Wambold, and Backus' San Francisco Minstrels, C. Henry, Charley Backus, D. S. Wambold, E. Kirwan, J. Wills, Johnson & Powers, Joseph Norrie, Mechanics Hall, S. Watts, T. A. E. Richardson, T. P. Jones, The Great Ricardo, W. Blakeney, W. S. Mullaly, W. Schwab
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring minstrel and female impersonation act The Great Ricardo
  2. Donna Sachet Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Sachet, Donna
    Date: Jul. 27, 2016
    Topics: Child abuse, Coming out, Drag, Drag queens, Gay bars, Gay Christians, Gay community, Gay men, Gay movement, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Lipsynching, Methodist Church, Police harassment, Stonewall riots
    Subject: ACT UP, Bette Davis, Beverly Sills, Black Cat Bar, Campus Crusade for Christ, Donna Sachet, Donna Summer, Empress of San Francisco, Fire Island, Gay Men's Chorus, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), GLAAD Media Awards, Joan Crawford, José Sarria, Juanita More, Judy Garland, Mark Leno, Miss Gay San Francisco, Perry Ellis, Shanti Project, Tavern Guild, The Celluloid Closet, Trannyshack
    Description: "In July 2016, Donna invited OUTWORDS to record her story at her stylish home just above the Castro in San Francisco. She talked honestly about her wretched childhood, and the freedom she finally f...
  3. Bradley Picklesimer Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Picklesimer, Bradley
    Date: Mar. 28, 2018
    Topics: Anti-gay violence, Berdache, Drag, Drag queens, Gay discos, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Hormones, Police raids, Porn films (LGBTQ), Sexual assault, Siblings, Stonewall riots, Transitioning (Transgender), Transvestites
    Subject: ACT UP, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Bernard Jay, Bradley Picklesimer, Café LMNOP, Chi Chi LaRue, Club Agogo, Courtney Act, David Bowie, Divine, Francis Marion Picklesimer, Henry Faulkner, Jayne County, Judy Garland, Lee Angelique, Martha Lynn Stone, Miss Bradley, Sweet Evening Breeze, The Montparnasse, The Thrusters, Wade Littrell
    Description: "For his OUTWORDS interview in March 2018, Bradley very generously traveled from Meally to a friend’s home in surprisingly queer Lexington, Kentucky. Bradley’s stories were epic with detail and emo...
  4. Marcus Arana Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Arana, Marcus
    Date: Jul. 26, 2016
    Topics: Biphobia, Bisexuality, Child abuse, Civil rights (LGBTQ), Coming out, Discrimination (LGBTQ), Feminism, FtMs, Gender identity disorder, Health care for LGBTQ people, Intersex genital mutilation, Intersex people, Lesbian separatism, Lesbians, LGBTQ indigenous people, LGBTQ night life, LGBTQ spirituality, Native Americans (LGBTQ), Poverty, Public bathroom bills, Queer people, Stonewall riots, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transsexual people, Two-spirit people
    Subject: Advocates for Informed Consent, Anita Bryant, Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS), Briggs Initiative, Center for Individual Responsibility, Christine Jorgensen, City College of Fresno, Claire Skiffington, Community United Against Violence (CUAV), Dan White, David Harris, David Rubin, Donald Laub, Dubcoe Park, Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask, George Moscone, Harvey Milk, Human Rights Commission of San Francisco, Humboldt State University, James Green, Joan Baez, John Briggs, Larry Baskin, Lina, Marcus Arana, Octavian Haight, People's Union Co-Op Farm, Pinocchio, Queer Nation, Renee Richards, Rock Hudson, Ronald Reagan, Running Eagle, Steve Dain, Stonewall Parade, Tom Ammiano, Tom Waddell Clinic, Trans March, University of California San Francisco
    Description: "Marcus was one of OUTWORDS’ first interviewees. He immediately invited us to call him Tio (Spanish for ‘uncle’). In his personal life, Marcus has battled cancer, physical disabilities, and homeles...
  5. Jamison Green Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Green, Jamison
    Date: May 12, 2017
    Topics: Anti-transgender discrimination, Children of LGBTQ people, Gender identity, Transgender activism
    Subject: Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, Becoming a Visible Man, Jamison Green, Manchester Metropolitan University, World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
    Description: Interview with Jamison Green, conducted by Mason Funk on May 12, 2017.
  6. Shannon Minter Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Minter, Shannon
    Date: Aug. 7, 2017
    Topics: Christian communities, Christians (LGBTQ), Coming out, Family members, Homophobia, Lesbians, LGBTQ spirituality, Marriage, Parental acceptance, Small cities, Trans men, Transgender people, Transphobia
    Subject: Faith in America, Larry Jackson, National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Romeo and Juliet, Shannon Minter
    Description: "OUTWORDS was honored to sit down with Shannon in August 2016, at the tail end of the Lavender Law conference in Washington DC. Shannon was clearly exhausted, and perhaps for this reason, very refl...
  7. Ladyboy Gigi Raven Wilbur Oral History

    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Wilbur, Ladyboy Gigi Raven
    Date: Jun. 1, 2017
    Topics: Androgyny, BDSM, BDSM community, Bisexual literature, Bisexual movement, Bisexual people, Catharsis, Christianity, Exorcism, Femininity, Gay pride, Intersex genital mutilation, Intersex identity, Intersex people, Learning disabilities, LGBTQ spirituality, LGBTQ suicide, Medicalisation, Paganism, Passing (gender), Radio programs, Sex education, Sexual freedom, Switches, Tantric sex
    Subject: After Hours: Queer Radio with Attitude, Aphrodite's Temple, BiNet USA, Carol Queen, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, Doc Duhon, Exhibitionism for the Shy, Fritz Klein, Jay, Kinsey Scale, Klein Sexual Orientation Grid, Ladyboy Gigi Raven Wilbur, Michael Page, Real Live Nude Girl, Sex Out Loud, The Dominant's Handbook: An Intimate Guide to BDSM, The Leather Daddy and the Femme, Tristan Taormino, Wendy Curry, Westheimer Art Festival
    Description: "In June 2017, the OUTWORDS interview team drove down a quiet lane with no sidewalks in semi-rural northwest Houston, arriving at the house Gigi shares with his partner J. After scouting the home f...
  8. Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Griffin-Gracy, Miss Major
    Date: Jul. 27, 2016
    Topics: Black people (LGBTQ), Catholic Church, Drag, Drag queens, Gay men, Gender confirming surgery, LGBTQ clubs, Misogyny, Murders of LGBTQ people, Normalisation, Passing (gender), Police, Sex work, Sex workers (LGBTQ), Sissies, Stonewall riots, Substance abuse, Trans men, Trans women, Transgender Black people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Women's movement
    Subject: Ashley, Christine Jorgensen, Cookie, Evelyn, Grandma Cerils, Helen, Judy Garland, Kitty, Madison Society, Major!, Marcus Arana, Marsha P. Johnson, Mattachine Society, Miss Major, Monica, Natalie Wood, National Lawyers Guild, Puppy, Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), Sylvia Rivera
    Description: "OUTWORDS caught up with Miss Major in the summer of 2016, at the Oakland apartment she shared with her son."
  9. Mia Yamamoto Oral History

    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Yamamoto, Mia
    Date: Apr. 17, 2017
    Topics: Gender identity, HIV/AIDS, Japanese American lawyers, LGBTQ veterans, Trans women, Transgender Asian Americans, Transphobia
    Subject: Aiden Aizumi, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Black Lives Matter (BLM), Christine Jorgensen, Civil Rights Movement, Concentration Camp, Cornel West, Donald Trump, Ellen Kameya, Emililo Aguinaldo, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fred Korematsu, Frederick Douglass, Gordon Hiranbayashi, Harold Kameya, Harvey Milk, Ho Chi Min, Jacqueline Nquyen, Jamison Green, Marsha Aizumi, Mia Yamamoto, Mitsuye Endo, UCLA Law School, Vietnam War
    Description: "A few months after her OUTWORDS interview in April 2017, we invited Mia to say a few words about the project at our first-ever fundraiser. Mia got up and basically set the room on fire with her sp...
  10. Radical Cheerleaders of Santa Cruz (Cheerbook)

    Collection: Zines
    Institution: Queer Zine Archive Project
    Creator: Radical Cheerleaders of Santa Cruz
    Date: 1999
    Topics: Activism (LGBTQ), Anarchism, Anti-war demonstrations, Body image, Capitalism, Cheers, Coming out, Feminists, Gender expression, Gender roles, Health care for LGBTQ people, Intersex people, LGBTQ direct action, Police harassment, Queer people, Queer rights, Sexual health
    Subject: Answer Coalition, Barbie, Kiss In, Sex Positivity, Sex Radicals
    Description: A book of cheers created by the Radical Cheerleaders of Santa Cruz.
  11. Mountain Charley

    Collection: Rare Books
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Charley, Mountain
    Date: 1861
    Topics: Crossdressing, Frontier and pioneer life, Gender expression, Stealth (Transgender)
    Description: The autobiography of E. J. Guerin, AKA Mountain Charley, charting their thirteen years of life living as a man. The memoir follows Guerin's life as a young mother and wife, which is ruptured by the...
  12. Transvestite and Transsexual Liberation

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Independent Voices
    Creator: Maxwell, Pat
    Date: Jan. 1, 1971
    Topics: Anti-discrimination law, Civil rights (LGBTQ), Crossdressing, Detention of LGBTQ people under a hospital order, Drag, Gender expression, Health care for LGBTQ people, Homophobia, Legal name change, Queer rights, Sexism, Transgender activism, Transgender rights, Transphobia, Transsexual people, Transvestites, Women's movement
    Subject: Abbie Hoffman, Arthur Miller, Fems Against Sexism, Marilyn Monroe, Queens, Queens Liberation Front, Radical Queens, Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), The Cockettes, The Transvestite-Transsexual Action Organization (TAO), Trans lib, Transvestites and Transsexuals
    Description: Clipping from page 10 of Detroit Gay Liberator, volume 1, issue 8, published on January 1 1971.
  13. Leg Check

    Collection: Transas City Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: Transas City
    Creator: Douglas, Bob
    Date: circa 1955
    Topics: Post-operative, Striptease, Trans women
    Subject: Cayon, Elaine, Club Oasis, Denmark, Rees, Tamara
    Description: Photo from Jet Magazine depicting Tamara Rees comparing her legs with those of Elaine Cayon. They are backstage at Los Angeles night club Club Oasis.
  14. D.O.B. Says No

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Independent Voices
    Creator: Cordova, Jeanne
    Date: Dec. 1, 1972
    Topics: Lesbian community, Lesbian feminism, Lesbian separatism, MtFs, Transsexualism
    Subject: Daughters of Bilitis, Del Martin, Joanne Darcy, Lesbian Tide, McGovern, The Tide Collective
    Description: Clipping from pages 21 and 29 of The Lesbian Tide, volume 2, issue 5, published on December 1 1972.
  15. Transgender Issues and Community: A Short List

    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: Independent Voices
    Creator: Walsh, Genanne
    Date: circa 1994
    Topics: LGBTQ books, LGBTQ magazines, LGBTQ zines, Transgender culture, Transgender fiction
    Subject: Alison Laing, Anne Bolin, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing, Bettina Rheims, Caroline Cossey, Chrysalis Quarterly, Conundrum, Cross-Talk, Erica Rutherford, From Female to Male: The Life of Jack Bee Garland, Gender Bending: Confronting the Limits of Duality, Holly Devor, In Search of Eve: Transsexual Rites of Passage, Information for the Female to Male Crossdresser and Transsexual, Jack Bee Garland, Jan Morris, JoAnn Altman Stringer, JoAnn Roberts, Kim Elizabeth Stuart, Les Espionnes, Leslie Feinberg, Louis G. Sullivan, Mariette Pathy Allen, Marjorie Garber, My Story, Myths of Gender, Nine Lives: The Autobiography of Erica Rutherford, Richard F. Docter, Rose Tremain, Sacred Country, Speaking As A Woman, Stone Butch Blues, Tapestry, The Transsexual's Survival Guide, TNT: Transsexual News Telegraph, Transformations: Crossdressers and Those Who Love Them, Transgender Liberation: A Movement whose Time has Come, TransSisters: The Journal of Transsexual Feminism, Transvestites and Transsexuals: Toward of a Theory of Cross-Gender Behavior, Uninvited Dilemma: A Question of Gender, Vested Interests: Crossdressing and Cultural Anxiety
    Description: Feminist Bookstore News Volume 6 Number 16. Pages 43-44. Book reviewer and coordinator Genanne Walsh provides a brief bibliography of texts covering trans topics. The list is divided into subcatego...