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Interview with Andre Reed

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Andre Reed identifies as a trans male and was assigned female at birth. He was born in Indiana. His dad was stationed in Georgia at Fort Benning where he lived. His father was later stationed in Germany but him and his mother stayed in Georgia. When his dad got back from Germany, he got out of the military and then they divorced while Reed was in middle school. He has an older and younger brother. He came out to his brother as a lesbian in college at Columbus State University who didn’t care but he then outed Reed to their mom. His mom took it hard. Things with his family are good now but it was rough when he was younger and after he came out as trans. He’s always been masculine, and people would say he was a tomboy growing up. He played sports like basketball, track, and cross country. When he moved to Minnesota, he performed in drag, and later won Drag King Minnesota 2010. He worked at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis for almost 9 years where he began to transition. He started hormone replacement therapy in 2010 and then had top surgery in 2014. Reed is now engaged to a woman.

Item Information:

Identifier
sq87bt79w
Collection
Oral Histories with People of Color
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Reed, Andre
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Sep. 6, 2017
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Places
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > Minneapolis
Georgia
Topic(s)
Adoption
African American transgender people
Appearance
Children of military personnel
Clothing
Drag
Employment discrimination
Families
FtMs
Gender identity
Homophobia
Identification cards
Masculinity
Men, Black
Passing (gender)
Patriarchy
Racism
Relationships (LGBTQ)
Religions
Sexism
Sports
Transgender prostitutes
Transitioning (Transgender)
Visibility
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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