Eve Elle

Interviewed By Brycen Gaines

Eve Elle describes the development of her identity and experiences as a trans woman over time, from realizing her identity at a very young age, to dating before and after transitioning, to her thoughts about her future and the possibility of parenthood. Throughout, she touches on her family, her relationship with the arts community, and shifting attitudes towards trans people and trans representation. (Summary by Jamie Magyar.)

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Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) (00:22)
childhood (00:25)
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adoption (00:45)
Guatemala (00:47)
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gender and childhood (01:41)
trans identity (01:50)
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1990's (03:11)
2000's (03:35)
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kindergarten (04:52)
adolescence (05:42)
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gay male (06:21)
engagement (06:27)
high school (06:28)
first boyfriend (06:30)
dance (06:41)
New York City (07:54)
college (08:37)
Midtown (08:43)
transitioning (09:36)
Great Recession (09:48)
androgyny (10:18)
work (10:40)
art gallery (10:45)
dating (11:18)
dating (12:35)
first relationship (12:54)
transitioning (14:05)
trans acceptance (14:56)
future (16:24)
parenthood (16:27)
younger sister (16:43)
nephew (16:46)
adoption (17:09)
September 2016 (17:38)
April 2017 (17:43)
public transit (19:18)


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Interview Data

Date of Interview
April 29, 2017
Location of Interview
SAGE Midtown, New York
Place of birth
Mazatenango, Guatemala
Freelance Artist
Gender Pronouns
Birth Year
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About This Collection

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.

Content warning: Many of the interviews here include personal accounts of violence, sexual assault, abuse as children, or trauma.