Ei Meeker

Interviewed By Nadia Awad

Ei Meeker came to New York in the mid 1980's and got involved with ACT Up at the height of the AIDS crisis. He got involved with resource access for homeless LGBTQ and HIV+ people. He talks about his early brushes with feminism, activism in New York and San Francisco, the family support around gender he received growing up and his decision to become an educator. (Summary by Kirsten Adorian.)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
October 9, 2017
Location of Interview
Ei's home
Place of birth
St. Louis, Missouri
High School Public School Teacher (Health/English)
Gender Pronouns
he, him, his
Birth Year
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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. 

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