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Allison Charde

Interviewed By Grace Ramsay

Allison Charde shares her experience "under the trans umbrella" while growing up on Long Island attending Purchase University and presently in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Allison speaks about her relationship to the internet, queerness, whiteness and how they interact with her idea of community and identity. (Summary by Christine Buckley.)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
February 15, 2017
Location of Interview
NYU Sociology Department
Place of birth
East Hampton, New York
Server (Restaurant)
Birth Year
Gender Pronouns
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NYC Trans Oral History Project

NYPL's Community Oral History Project is teaming up with the NYC Trans Oral History Project to collect, preserve, and share oral histories from our city's transgender and gender non-conforming communities. 

We'll be training a community corps of interviewers to collect these largely undocumented oral histories in order to build a lasting and expansive archive on NYC transgender experiences.

About the NYC Trans Oral History Project:

We are a collective, community archive working to document transgender resistance and resilience in New York City. We work to confront the erasure of trans lives and to record diverse histories of gender as intersecting with race and racism, poverty, dis/ability, aging, housing migration, sexism, and the AIDS crisis. 

We are inspired by the public history activism of the ACT UP oral history project to build knowledge as a part of our anti-oppression work. We believe oral history is a powerful part of social justice work, and that building an alternative archive of transgender histories can transform our organizing for transgender liberation. 

You can listen to interviews, search interviews tags (like #genderfluidity #self-knowledge #gentrification and #queerfamily), and soon read transcripts. We hope the interviews and tags will preserve and proliferate new knowledges about trans and gender non-conforming experiences.

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