African american

Decades of love: Gloria Allen's Story

Gloria speaks about growing up in the 1950's. She describe what it was like to face difficulties with the world around her but also have the support of her family and church. She talks overcoming an abusive relationship to find the love of her life--who she's been with for 17 years so far.

An active community member since the 1960's, Gloria speak about her experience at the Stonewall riots and living on a commune all the way up to her current involvement in Charm School at the Center on Halsted.

Andre Perez and Alexis Martinez

We're Still Fighting the Enemy within: A story of racism in LGBT community

Louis Mitchell was a member of Lesbians and Gays of African Decent for Democratic Action in 1980's San Fransisco. He speaks about the struggle of African American gay men to find support and acceptance in both the African American community and the gay community, connecting the civil rights struggle of the 1960's to today's struggle for trans recognition with mainstream LGBT organizations.

Louis Mitchell

Been Through it All and I'm Still Going

Shanelle is a 23 year old from New York City who has been struggling with her trans identity since she was 10. Now a mentor for young trans women, she speaks frankly about her experiences going into the sex trade, transitioning without the support of her mother, and the time she spent in prison.


We Don't Have to Take It

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Miss Major, a stonewall veteran, gives an inspirational speech at the first New England Transgender Pride in Northampton, MA in 2008.

Miss Major

And Then It Happened to Them

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Louis Mitchell lived in the Castro District of San Francisco during the late 80's and early 90's. He describes the tensions between communities of color and the gay male community during that time, which he witnessed as an active member of LAGADA, Lesbians and Gays of African Decent.

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Louis Mitchell

On the Stroll

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Shanelle speaks abut her experiences growing up and how she began working the streets of New York.

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