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Series 30: Transgender Histories of D.C., 2021

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc030

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021


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From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


This project seeks to answer the question: how have the changes in D.C. over the past several decades been experienced and influenced by transgender individuals and communities? Individuals who are transgender, marginalized by society at large, have a unique perspective on history, at the same time as they are left out of mainstream accounts of events. This project documents the events of the final decades of the 20th century and first few of the 21st through the eyes of transgender elders, mostly Black women. Related Oral Histories, with similar themes and narrators including some individuals referenced in these interviews, are available through the D.C. Rainbow History Project.

Related Materials

Oral Histories with similar themes and narrators are also available through the Rainbow History Project.


Please note: Many interviews include graphic descriptions of violence. Ruby Corado’s interview includes descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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