Digital Transgender Archive

Interview with Lou Weaver

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Lou Weaver identifies as a queer trans man and was assigned female at birth. He was born in 1970 and raised in El Centro, California. He was also adopted. Weaver then moved to Denver, Colorado when he was 7. He now lives in Houston, Texas. He identified as an out lesbian until he was 38. He has an older brother and growing up all his friends were boys who he played sports with. Weaver didn’t fit in as a kid in school since he was quiet and wasn’t sure who he should hang out with. He was bullied a lot, got suspended many times, and was made fun of by others. Six weeks into his senior year he dropped out. He got his GED and is about 9 credits away from graduating with his bachelors. Before leaving Denver, he began performing as a drag king. He came out as trans in 2007 and started hormones in 2008. He also had top surgery and a full hysterectomy due to complications related to polycystic ovarian syndrome. It took his mom awhile to get on board with his transition, but she now refers to him as her son and uses he/him pronouns. His father passed away, and Weaver didn’t have a relationship with him prior. His brother tries to understand but they don’t talk to each other. In 2011, he went to court to have his name and gender marker changed in Harris County, Texas. He now works for the Transgender Programs Coordinator for Equality Texas, and he volunteers for the Human Rights Campaign.

Item Information:

Identifier
xg94hp712
Collection
Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
Institution
Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, University of Minnesota
Creator(s)
Weaver, Lou
Contributor(s)
Jenkins, Andrea
Publisher
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Libraries
Date Created
Dec. 9, 2016
Genre
Oral Histories
Transcriptions
Subject(s)
Caitlyn Jenner
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
RuPaul
Places
Washington, D.C. > Washington County > Washington
Topic(s)
Adoption
Bullying
Change of name
Coming out
Family members
FtMs
Gender diversity
Gender identity
Gender realignment surgery
Health care
Health insurance
Homophobia
Hormone therapy
Hormones
Human rights
Hysterectomy
Identity
Masculinity
Patriarchy
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Pregnancy
Relationships (LGBTQ)
Same-sex marriage
Sexuality
Sports
Transgender people
Transphobia
Resource Type
Moving image
Text
Language
English
Related URL
https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/
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