Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Roze Brooks (R.B.)

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In this oral history, Roze (R.B.) Brooks shares their experiences about growing up in St. Louis, MO and their journey of doing queer and trans activism and advocacy work in higher education at University of Minnesota – Duluth. Brooks details their experiences of being a theatre and choir participant in high school and recognizing their queerness here; coming out as a genderqueer and non-binary between undergrad and graduate school; and having a difficult relationship with their family around their identity. They share their experiences in connecting and building relationships with chosen family and holding tight to them. Brooks discusses challenges that come with being a queer and genderqueer person navigating a graduate program and working in higher education, combating transphobia and sexism on a college campus, and educating others to be more open and allied to trans folks, all while centering voices that need to be centered.

Item Information:

Identifier
x346d4407
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Brook, Roze
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Nov. 3, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Title IX
Places
Missouri > Jackson County > Kaw Township > Kansas City
Missouri > St. Louis > St Louis
Minnesota > Hennepin County > City of Minneapolis > University of Minnesota
Minnesota > Saint Louis County > City of Duluth > Duluth
Topic(s)
Activists
Adolescence
Allies
Bathrooms
Colleges
Education
Families
Friends
Gender diversity
Gender identity
Higher education
LGBTI community
Masculinity
Politics
Sexism
Sexuality
Support groups
Transphobia
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/search?facets%5Bcollection_name_s%5D%5B%5D=Transgender+Oral+History+Project&q=transgender
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