The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect, preserve and share a diversity range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities. We accomplish this by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, and teaching media production skills.
The project's guiding principals are to:
- Build community through soliciting and sharing stories
- Encourage multigenerational discussions, especially about community history
- Highlight individuals, communities, and organizations struggling with issues that are not address by mainstream culture
- Portray experiences from the perspective of folks who live them
- Work in ways that reflect a commitment to collaboration, empowerment, and fighting all forms of social oppression
We are a Network of transgender, gender variant, and allied people who work with folks around the country in order to collect, collaborate on, and share stories from within the transgender and gender non-conforming community.
The project takes many forms including the website, interactive workshops, in-person exhibits, paper publications, and multimedia publications. It is an umbrella project that incoporates many smaller projects initiated by our collective members as long as the goals allign with our mission.