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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

Alexis Martinez Interview Transcript

Alexis speaks about growing up and coming out in Chicago. She describes falling in love in Chinatown, navigating her own Evangelical Christianity, and growing involved in the lesbian community. Finally, she describes her involvement in the first ever Transgender and Intersex People for Freedom event in Chicago in 2012.

André Pérez

Just So You Know #2

A comic (literally) retelling of one trans girl's experiences coming out and just trying to live as trans.

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Joey Alison Sayers

Excerpts from a Journal of a Trans Girl

This writing came from a project based out of Seattle that supports LGBTQ youth in creating zines. These journal entries describe the coming-of-age of a young trans woman.

Grace Tveit

Tranny Dyke Whore

An autobigraphy in parts.


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.


Nothing Left to Tuck

Elayne knew she was trans in 1996, but felt like she did not have the financial means or emotional support to transition. In this interview she discuses the 15-year process of finding community, coming out, and transitioning that took her from LA to Thailand. This journey led her to her current position as Director of Ingersoll Gender Center in Seattle. Learn the details of her story by downloading the transcript below.

Interview with Elayne Wylie

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

On the Stroll

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


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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