Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Neno Miller

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Neno Miller identifies as genderqueer, non-binary, trans masculine, and also with the term gender fuck. They were assigned female at birth. Miller grew up in Medford, Wisconsin, which is an isolated, rural town, and they now live in Goodrich/Athens, Wisconsin. They don’t have any siblings, and their parents are still married. Their dad is a construction worker, and their mom worked in a window factory when they were growing up. They were bullied a lot in school for being a bigger kid and for wearing boy’s clothes like boxers. Miller enjoyed school, however, and loved reading as a kid. When they were younger, they presented more masculine, and their family described them as a tomboy. Their parents silenced their masculine expression, not allowing them to get boxers. The last couple of years of high school they began to perform femininity. They first came out as bisexual, then used the label gay. They were in a lesbian-like relationship with the first person they dated. They felt the need to be more feminine with them and would not bind their chest when they were with them. When they came out with their name Neno, they almost lost a couple of close friends. They didn’t come out to their family right away. When they did, it was difficult. Their mom apologized for ever having them, saying she wouldn’t have if she knew about their condition. Miller still talks to their parents, but they don’t call them Neno and they don’t support them getting top surgery. They’ve struggled with bathroom incidents in both the women and men’s bathrooms. They are currently in college at the University of Minnesota in the journalism department.

Item Information:

Identifier
76537155k
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Miller, Neno
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Nov. 29, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Affordable Care Act
University of Minnesota
Places
Wisconsin > Winnebago > City of Oshkosh > Oshkosh
Wisconsin > Taylor > City of Medford > Medford
Wisconsin > Taylor > Town of Goodrich > Goodrich
Topic(s)
Assigned gender
Bathrooms
Bisexuality
Body image
Bullying
Change of name
Clothing
Coming out
Femininity
Gay identity
Gender diversity
Gender realignment surgery
Journalists
Lesbians
Masculinity
Politics
Reading
Relationships (LGBTQ)
Sexual orientation
Stonewall riots
Therapies
Tomboys
Transgender people
Transphobia
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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