Immutable Fact

“I’m a man. I’m a trans man. I also want to do gender the way, like butch lesbians do.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Immutable Fact Transcript for Immutable Fact So I grew up in Wisconsin in a suburb of Milwaukee. And it was everything that a suburb is, like a deconstructed city. It […]

I Wanted to Work

“He comes back… and he said, ‘I have a permanent position for you.’” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for I Wanted to Work I started looking for a job. You know, I worked in Germany. I wanted to work. You know, I liked to bring in money. I never wanted to be like my mom […]

Never Felt Pressured to Wear It

“I don’t always like to make my identity so easy for people.” Welcome Project at Valparaiso University · Never Felt Pressured To Wear It Edited by Rebecca Werner Transcript for Never Felt Pressured to Wear It When I was younger I started school at a Islamic private school: Annoor Academy, which was in Knoxville, Tennessee. […]

To Germany and Back

“It really makes you a woman and makes you responsible.” Edited by Nick Ladeau. Transcript for To Germany and Back I graduated from Froebel High School, and my intention was not to go anyplace. I wanted to go to school. And I wanted to be a teacher. And my husband then because we were, after […]

In My Own Skin

“I think it’s the exact opposite. I think those are the reasons I can do it.” Produced by Carmen Vincent Transcript for In My Own Skin I was born in Texarkana in Texas. It’s a city near where Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana come together. And then when I was two we moved to Northwest […]

A Well-Kept Secret

“If you don’t have access to the information, you don’t know what your potential is.” Produced by Reagan Skaggs. Transcript for A Well-Kept Secret I remember going to Pulaski. Pulaski was a middle school back then. Seventh grade, we had a speech teacher. She introduced us to black poets—black poetry—and all of us kids was […]

Oh, Wait a Minute

“Labels started to get way too complicated.” Transcript for Oh, Wait a Minute There’s a lot of stuff within the trans umbrella. There’s transgender, there’s male-to-female, female-to-male, non-binary, gender fluid, genderqueer, gender nonconforming, did I say non-binary? Third gender, two-spirit, other ones…there’s a lot of them. Back in high school, I thought I identified as gay […]

Slightly Straight of Left

“I don’t have a definition for everything.” Transcript for Slightly Straight of Left I identify as just slightly left of straight. I questioned whether or not I was bi for a little while, because there are moments when I look at a girl, and I’m like she’s super pretty. And, I don’t know if I […]