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Valda Prout interview part 2, 2021-06-21

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc030_08_2.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: 2021-06-21


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1935, Valda Prout moved to New York City in her early 20s (in the 1950s) and then to D.C. in 1980s. She never lived full time as a woman but had one identity during the day and another at night, with the exception of the years when she was raising her adopted son in D.C., when she lived only in her masculine self. She lives on U Street.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


Ms. Prout discusses gay and transgender culture in NYC in the 1960s and 1970s, interactions with police, the Stonewall Riots, the impact of AIDS, her decision to move to D.C., the different feeling in D.C., raising her adopted son, and 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

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001