Trans Oral History Project Year End Review
1) Miss Major’s Response to Stonewall
In 2014, we were honored to interview stonewall riot veteran, Miss Major. In 2015, we re-released her video in response to the movie Stonewall.
It received 10,000 views as trans folks stood up at the theaters across the country to tell Hollywood that we don’t want their white-washed, gay-washed manipulation of history.
2) New Chicago Collective Members
Karari Olvera is the femme genderqueer first-born of Mexican immigrant parents. A writer, makeup enthusiast, and arguably the best wingperson you’ll ever need, Karari serves in the leadership of United Latin@ Pride and the Chicago chapter of the TransLatin@ Coalition.
Aidan McCormack is a writer, facilitator, public speaker, beloved community nurturer, and geek. The first trans person to graduate from their seminary, Aidan is genderfantastic. They curate St. Sparklebear, a performance and art project focusing on joyful anti-oppression, self-care, and learning to love one’s self in order to love and change the world.
3) We Began Planning a National Docu Web Series
America in Transition (AIT) is a web series that explores what change really looks like from the perspective of trans people of color and rural trans folks.
TOHP Founder, André Pérez, is recording a his journey across the country to document real life for an undocumented former detainee, a two spirit educator, a suicidal veteran, and more. Tune into the behind-the-scenes series on youtube as he travels & shoots AIT in 2016.
4) Defiant Archives Takes Over Philadelphia City Hall
2015 was the 50th anniversary of the Reminder Day Protests where Lesbian and Gay folks fought for their right to exist. Organizations across Philadelphia worked to create history exhibits in commemoration.
We worked alongside a team of curators to showcase the history of trans activism in Philly at the William Way Center in an exhibit called Defiant Archives. The exhibit was dedicated to the memory of Charlene Arcila-Ecks, a longtime Philly activist and community member who passed last spring.
The exhibit was so successful that it was moved to the gallery outside Mayor Nutter’s office in Philadelphia City Hall where hundreds of people learned about generations of existence and resistance in Philadelphia.
5) Our First Workshop in Spanish!
We translated I Live for Trans Education, our youth tooklit, into spanish. We debuted the workshop at the Latino Institute of Creating Change in Denver, CO. Download the spanish version of the toolkit here.
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