Digital Transgender Archive

Dean Spade Oral History

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Dean Spade relates his journey and politicization first through the support of his mother in conservative Virginia, his first tastes of feminism and increasingly his work to provide support and resources through the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, advocating for transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming low income communites and people of color. Spade's story spans from Virginia and back and forth between New York and California. Working at a LGBTQ bookstore by day, promoting queer nightlife and involving himself in New York's community activism, Dean pursued law while developing a sharp sense of the limitations of institutional change. He shares both his personal experiences as well as grounding insights regarding the nature of social change, ending with a reflection on the current political climate.

Item Information:

Identifier
3f4625734
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
NYC Trans Oral History Project
Creator(s)
Spade, Dean
Awad, Nadia
Contributor(s)
Adorian, Kirsten
Publisher
New York Public Library
Date Created
Apr. 24, 2017
Dates Covered
1977 to 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Subject(s)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Audre Lorde Project (ALP)
CUNY Law School
Dean Spade
FIERCE
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
National LGBTQ Task Force
Queers for Economic Justice
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of California Santa Cruz
Places
New York
California > San Diego
Virginia > Albemarle County > Batesville
Topic(s)
Demonstrations
Feminists
Foster parents
Gay pride
Gender diversity
Health care
Hormones
Immigration
Imprisonment
Lawyers
Lesbians
LGBTI community
Peace movement
Spirituality
Resource Type
Audio
Digital Format
Duration: 2 hours 56 minutes 59 seconds
Language
English
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