Brenda Holder

Interviewed By Anna Keyes

​Brenda Holder relives her glorious younger days in the “ball room scene.” Ms. Holder was born in Georgetown, Guyana before moving to the US, serving in the US military. She describes her first hormone shot, and later her medical transition. She discusses people who have inspired her in drag queen scenes, and her appearance in films, television and FX’s Pose.

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
April 4, 2018
Location of Interview
Brooklyn, New York
Place of birth
Georgetown, Guyana
Occupations
US Army, Retired
Pronouns
She, Her
Birth Year
1966
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