The Transgender Oral History Project is a community-driven effort to collect and share a diverse range of stories from within the transgender and gender variant communities. We accomplish this by promoting grassroots media projects, documenting trans people’s experiences, maintaining a publicly accessible digital archive, and teaching media production skills.
The project’s guiding principles are to:
- Build community through soliciting and sharing stories
- Encourage multigenerational discussions, especially about community history
- Highlight individuals, communities, and organizations struggling with issues that are not address by mainstream culture
- Portray experiences from the perspective of folks who live them
- Work in ways that reflect a commitment to collaboration, empowerment, and fighting all forms of social oppression
We are a network of transgender, gender variant, and allied people who work with folks around the country in order to collect, collaborate, and share stories from within the transgender and gender non-conforming community.
TOHP takes many forms including a website, interactive workshops, community programing, in-person exhibits, paper publications, and multimedia publications. TOHP is an umbrella project that incorporates a number of smaller projects led by our collective members.