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Interview with Ash (Ashley) Scott

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Ash Scott identifies as a black female to male trans guy who was assigned female at birth. He is an Air Force brat. He was born in California at the Castle Air Force Base. He also lived in Louisiana and Philadelphia. He has a younger sister. His dad is an airplane mechanic through the military. He was the only African American student in his elementary school for a time in rural Grove Heights, Minnesota. Scott describes himself as introverted. He began identifying as a lesbian in high school. He’s also involved in drag performance. When he joined the Army in 2003, he had short hair. He got his retirement as a disabled, discharged veteran after being injured in Iraq where he almost died. He struggles with PTSD and has a support dog named Socrates. He’s had multiple surgeries for his knees, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain. After returning from Iraq he began hormones. He’s been on hormones for almost 4 years at the time of the interview. He was able to get top surgery and an oophorectomy through the military because of a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Item Information:

Identifier
gh93gz67f
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Scott, Ash (Ashley)
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Oct. 29, 2015
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Places
Maryland > Saint Mary's County > California
Topic(s)
African American transgender people
Appearance
Bullying
Communication
Dating
Disabilities
Discrimination
Drag kings
Femininity
FtMs
Gender realignment surgery
Gender role
Hormone therapy
Language
Masculinity
Military
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Schools
Surgery
Therapies
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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