Digital Transgender Archive

Antoinette Pezet Oral History Interview

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Antoinette Pezet was born in New York April 23, 1937 as William Anthony Pezet. She recognized she was bisexual in her early teens. Her family was accepting of her sexuality very early on. Before enlisted in the military in her early twenties, she married her first wife, Helga. Due to mental health issues, Helga and Antoinette divorced. Antoinette then married her second wife, Emily, and went on to have two children. It was not until Antoinette was divorced from Emily that she started dressing as a woman. In her early fifties she had a conversation with Jean Vermette that first gave language to Antoinette; transgender. This language molded her own version of her gender. Antoinette identifies as “a man who lives as a woman.” She notes her strong connection to both men and woman frames her gender identity.

Item Information:

Identifier
2z10wq47t
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
LGBTQ+ Collection, University of Southern Maine Libraries
Creator(s)
Pezet, Antoinette
Durgin, Emily
Date Created
Nov. 16, 2017
Date Issued
Nov. 16, 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
Antoinette Pezet
Circle of Hope
Jean Vermette
SAGE
SAGE Maine
The Crying Game
Transsupport Maine
YWCA
Places
New York
Maine > Cumberland County > City of Portland > Portland
New York > Washington > Town of Greenwich > Greenwich
Topic(s)
Bisexual people
Bisexuality
Christians (LGBTQ)
Civil unions
Families of military personnel
Fatherhood
Gay religious groups
LGBTQ veterans
Motherhood
Trans women
Resource Type
Audio
Text
Language
English
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