Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Andrew Ahl

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Andrew (Drew) Ahl is a transgender man in his mid-thirties living in St. Louis Park, MN. In this oral history, Ahl recounts growing up in a religious, military household with his dad, his time serving in the Air Force, working in the service industry and participating in drag shows and LGBT bar cultures, and his eventual relocation to Minnesota to be with his now-wife. Ahl’s many moves in life--around the world through the U.S. military, and between his mother and father’s homes after their divorce--inform his perspective on his gender transition. His story is contextual, introspective and optimistic about the future of transgender rights in the U.S. He talks about relationships, atheism and Christianity, family rejection and acceptance and the impact of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” for trans people in the military and veterans.

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