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Gibby Thomas interview, 2021-07-02

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc029_02.wav

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: 2021-07-02


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in the Black community of Muirkirk in Beltsville, Maryland, in 1957, Gibby Thomas mostly grew up in North Brentwood, Maryland, but started spending time in D.C. at a young age. She worked at the Department of Agriculture and built community by going to the clubs downtown. She has been connected to several community organizations helping the transgender and larger LGBT communities in D.C. including THE, Us Helping Us, Damien Ministries, and others. She now lives on Eastern Avenue, on the D.C. side.


From the Collection: 855 Gigabytes


Ms. Thomas discusses growing up in North Brentwood, just outside D.C., her early sense of herself as different and coming into her gender and sexuality, other people treating her as a girl from a young age, the importance of support from her family, how D.C. was the center of things and where she found community with transgender women, sex work, the AIDS epidemic and working as a home health aide, her involvement with gay, transgender and HIV/AIDS organizations including Transgender Health Empowerment, and the changes in the city.

Related Materials

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


Please note: This interview includes graphic descriptions of violence.

Repository Details

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

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