The Transgender Oral History Project has released the first batch of videos and transcripts. The Project is part of the Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota, one of the nation’s largest collections of LGBTQ history. For full story with link to the oral histories, click here.
Josh Verges writes:
When the University of Minnesota set out to capture the stories of transgender people in the Midwest, the assumption was that similar projects already were taking place on the coasts. But when the Minneapolis poet and transgender activist Andrea Jenkins took on the project, she found that wasn’t the case. “When I talk about it, people get excited,” she said. “Nothing like this is happening really on a broad scale anywhere else in the country.” With a target of 200, Jenkins already has recorded interviews with 119 transgender people, discussing how they came to find their gender identity and broader issues affecting their community. For full story with audio excerpts click here.