Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Amanda Beech

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Amanda Beech is a 48-year-old woman who was assigned male at birth. Beech went to school in the little town of Ellendale, Minnesota and lived in Bath, Minnesota. From a young age friends and family picked up on her feminine expressions. She always knew she was a woman and tried to get others to understand. She was a cheerleader in the 1940s in school. During World War II she remembers her family having to ration goods such as sugar, gasoline, and canned goods. She always liked boys for their protective and comforting nature. She went to Augsburg in Minneapolis, Minnesota staying in a dormitory, but she eventually left college. She was bullied by boys in college who called her names such as cocksucker. She became a hairdresser with upper class clientele for 35-40 years. She began going back to school in the evenings to pursue liberal arts. She was with a man named Ronnie for 7 years who was a G.I. that bought a little house in St. Louis Park where the two of them lived together for a while. She’s been on hormones, and she had transition related surgery in 1969 and had her first orgasm after surgery with a man. She then had surgery again to widen her opening for sex but it seemed to have closed up a bit after a year and a half. She also had electrolysis. After legally changing her name to Amanda she began to dress full time as a woman. Since then she has been able to be more herself and to enjoy herself more.

Item Information:

Identifier
q811kj827
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Beech, Amanda
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Mar. 3, 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Cullan Markland
Donna Ewing
Places
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
Minnesota
Minnesota > Steele > City of Ellendale > Ellendale
Minnesota > Freeborn > Bath Township > Bath
Topic(s)
Appearance
Assigned gender
Bullying
Change of name
Cheerleading
Clothing
Coming out
Electrolysis
Family members
Femininity
Gender identity
Gender realignment surgery
Hairdressers
Health insurance
Hormones
Jews
MtFs
Orgasm
Partners (LGBTQ)
People with disabilities
Religions
Self-acceptance
Sexual practices
World war II
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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