Vanguard Revisited Feb 2011

This collection of historical documents and contemporary writings from street youth creates a dialogue about poverty, queerness, drugs, and the police. Vanguard, a grassroots homeless youth group, was founded in 1966 as youth mobilized to combat police harassment, picket discriminatory businesses, and hold same-sex dances in church halls. Vanguard had a significant transgender membership and is the group whose work helped set the stage for the Compton's Cafeteria Riot in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco.

Vanguard Revisited

Community in Transition: 40 Years of Stuggle

Published in 2009, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this piece analyses and describes trends in LGBT community activism from 1969 to the present. It focuses on the tumultuous relationship between the trans and the Lesbian and Gay communities, offering insight into historical and contemporary developments. It was the first written piece published by the Trans Oral History Project and was initially debuted as a companion to a larger historical exhibition by the same title.

André Pérez

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

From HIV to Healthcare and Housing Justice

Michelle O'Brien lives in New York and has been active in several social justice organizations organizations. She discusses feminism's legacy to the trans movement, a partners battle for inclusion in women's only spaces, and HIV/AIDS activism in New York.

Interview with Michelle O'Brien

Militant Flamboyance

A brief history of the stonewall riots and other happenings.

Heath Schultz & Brad Thomson

Feminist Legacy

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Michelle O'brien recounts how transgender activism in the 1980's and 1990's was shaped by the feminist ideals and practices that came before.

Andre Perez

Trans Oral History Preview

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The Transgender Oral History Project is a collaborative multimedia archive of stories by and for people within the trans community. We strive to make stories available at low or no cost that address the experiences of trans folks from all walks of life, especially from more marginalized backgrounds whose stories typically do not make mainstream media outlets.

Michelle O'Brien
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