Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Venus DeMars part 2

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Venus de Mars identifies as a male to female trans female and assigned male at birth. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1960 and had surgery as a baby to appear more male. She came out as trans in the mid-1980s to her wife and then immediate family. She talks about her documentary, Venus de Mars, and how the trans community was enmeshed in the fetish community back in the 1990s because the gay community wasn’t accepting of the trans community. de Mars is a musician and a visual artist. She created the logo for City of Lakes Crossdresser Community. She’s been a part of the trans and gender non-conforming community in the Twin Cities in early organizations that created space for the community.

Item Information:

Identifier
4b29b617d
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
DeMars, Venus
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Sep. 12, 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Human Rights Act
Topic(s)
Appearance
Assigned gender
Clothing
Coming out
Crossdressing
Discrimination
Drag
Film industry
Gender diversity
Gender realignment surgery
Gender role
Marriage
Masculinity
Mental health
MtFs
Music groups
Outing
Pronoun
Rock music
Sexuality
Support groups
Therapies
Transgender community
Transgender people
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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