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Rhonda Steward interview, 2021-06-10

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc029_05.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: 2021-06-10


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Biographical / Historical

Born at D.C. General Hospital in 1956, Rhonda Steward mostly grew up in the Shaw neighborhood, including on 9th Street and Ridge Street. She transitioned at an early age and began working in her mid-teens, dropping out of high school. She has been connected to several community organizations helping the transgender and larger LGBT communities in D.C. including TADD, THE, D.C. Care Consortium, and others. She bought her home in LeDroit Park in the 1990s, where she still lives today.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


Ms. Steward discusses growing up in D.C., mostly in Shaw, her early sense of herself as different and coming into her gender and sexuality, going to clubs and working, the impact of the AIDS epidemic, her involvement with 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.

Repository Details

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

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