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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This collection of historical documents and contemporary writings from street youth creates a dialogue about poverty, queerness, drugs, and the police.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

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

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

58 Years and Counting

Bet Power has been a transgender activist and community historian for more than three decades. He talks about coming of age into Chicago's lesbian community during the sex wars of the 1970's, meeting Louis Sullivan in the 1980's and then founding the East Coast FTM Group, a group that has been meet weekly for more than 15 years. During the time of the interview he was on the Steering Committee for the first ever New England Transgender Pride March and Rally, and he speaks about his experiences leading up to that event.

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Interview with Bet Power

Changing the Rules of the Game

Breanna and Ryan are a transgender couple. They speak about Ryan's gradual coming out process and their struggle to stay together despite the stress and unexpected changes related to his transition from female to male.

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Interview with Breanna and Ryan

Changing the Rules of The Game

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Breanna and Ryan are a transgender couple. They speak about Ryan's gradual coming out process and their struggle to stay together despite the stress and unexpected changes related to his transition from female to male.

Breanna and Ryan

Meeting Lou Sullivan

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Bet Power has been a transgender activist and community historian for more than three decades. He describes the first time he met another FTM--Lou Sullivan, the founder of FTM international--and how it shifted his life.

Bet Power

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
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