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Georgia Transgender Oral History Project: About the Georgia Transgender Oral History Project

About the Georgia Transgender Oral History Project

ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Georgia Transgender Oral History Project will gather and preserve stories, memories, and histories with transgender and gender non-conforming people and allies who live/lived in Georgia, or who have participated in activities that affect Georgia.
 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Anyone who identifies with the term trans or gender non-conforming is welcome to participate as an interviewee in the first phase of the project. Thereafter, we would also like to interview allies. If you do not identify as trans, but would like to assist with this project, your volunteer energy would be greatly appreciated!

We need help with:

  • Assistance to identify individuals to be interviewed.
  • Assistance with transcription, synchronization, and summarizing interviews, and we can provide training. 
  • Financial assistance to support transcription, software, and interviewee stipends.
  • Safe, quiet spaces with robust internet connections for interview locations.


HOW WILL THE INTERVIEWS BE ACCESSED?
Depending on the wishes of the participants, interviews will be transcribed. Transcripts and available audio and/or video will be made available via the Library's Digital Collections website.

About the Project Coordinators

Morna Gerrard (she/her)
Morna Gerrard is the Women’s / Gender & Sexuality Collections Archivist in Special Collections and Archives at the Georgia State University Library. She serves on the National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ LGBTQ Institute Advisory Board, and from 2011-2018, was the vice president of the Georgia LGBTQ Archives Project. She has published a number of articles and chapters, including, “No Fame Required: Collaboration, Community, and the LGBTQ Archives Project,” in Appraisal and Acquisition: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections, and “Exploring Gender Roles in Society, Literature, and Film,” in Gender Studies in the Library: Case Studies, Programming, Outreach.

 

AC Panella (he/him, they/them)
AC Panella is a doctoral candidate at Union Institute and University. He is in the humanities concentration and is getting certificates in museum studies and educational leadership. As a trans activist and teacher, he has worked on a variety of projects including the Trans Leadership Academy, The LA Trans Health Coalition, and has been an advisor to queer student organizations for 15 years. His research is focused on trans collective memory and history as it’s represented in visual and material culture. When he isn’t nose-deep in research, he is a full-time teacher, pet parent, and truncle (Trans-Uncle) to a super adorable three-year-old. This year, he will defend his dissertation on the role San Francisco’s Compton Cafeteria Uprising has on trans memory.

About the Advisors

The following individuals have generously provided advice and support for this project:

E.R. Anderson (they/them, he/him)
E.R. Anderson is a queer Southern writer, bookseller, and editor from Atlanta, Georgia. Anderson is the Executive Director of Charis Circle, the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books and More, the nation’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore. Anderson’s novel in progress, Paradise Park, tells the story of the Turners, an Evangelical Catholic family of six, who operate a sin and salvation-themed amusement park in Alapaha, Georgia. When not writing, Anderson is a recovering academic, lazy athlete, and a serious lover of bulldogs, cooking, and the Atlanta Braves.

 


 

William Fratus Britto
William Britto is a native of Durham, North Carolina, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with a bachelor of music in education. While at UNCG, he served as a resident hall advisor, peer academic leader, and president of the university’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). William also served as an orientation coordinator, often facilitating training and workshops for incoming students with a focal point of student success and identity. Upon moving to the Atlanta Metropolitan area in 2013, William taught in the Cobb County School District.

 


 

Ashby Haywood (he/him and she/her) is a memory worker based in Knoxville, TN and Atlanta, GA. Currently, he is the archival assistant at the Highlander Research and Education Center. He holds a B.A. from Bennington College in Music Composition and is working towards an M.A. in Education at Goddard College. Along with a passion for radical literature, Ashby enjoys learning from elders through conversation and art-making collaboration. His work is rooted in womanist pedagogy, Afrofuturism, and supporting life-long learning through unschooling and critical literacy. Ashby has previously been a part of the New York Public Library's and the Womanist Working Collective's community oral history projects.

While working as an admission counselor at Agnes Scott College, Ashby served as a staff advisor for an LGBTQ student organization. In the summer, Ashby loves working as a camp counselor at Girls Rock Camp Atlanta. Ashby also enjoys horror films, nature trails, and chocolate treats. 


 

Tracee McDaniel (she/her) is the founder and Executive Director of the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, an advocacy, consulting and social services organization specifically designed to empower the trans and gender non-conforming community. In 2013, Tracee published Transitions: Memoirs of a Transsexual Women, and 2014, she became a vetted trainer for the United States Department of Justice CRS program, "Law Enforcement and Transgender Community," which educates federal law enforcement officers how to better interact with Trans people.  In 2015, Tracee was invited to brief the White House about employment and economic equity at its Trans Women of Color History Month Briefing. In 2016, she was appointed to serve on the Atlanta Citizen Review Board.

Tracee organized Atlanta's annual Trans Day of Rememberance Vigils for ten years. She also served on the Trans Housing Atlanta Program's board of directors, the Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBTQ Institute Advisory Board, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' TLGBQI Advisory Council. In 2020, Tracee was recognized in a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, when she received the Yellow Rose Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award.
 

AC Panella (he/him, they/them)
AC Panella is a doctoral candidate at Union Institute and University. He is in the humanities concentration and is getting certificates in museum studies and educational leadership. As a trans activist and teacher, he has worked on a variety of projects including the Trans Leadership Academy, The LA Trans Health Coalition, and has been an advisor to queer student organizations for 15 years. His research is focused on trans collective memory and history as it’s represented in visual and material culture. When he isn’t nose-deep in research, he is a full-time teacher, pet parent, and truncle (Trans-Uncle) to a super adorable three-year-old. This year, he will defend his dissertation on the role San Francisco’s Compton Cafeteria Uprising has on trans memory.


 

Anna Woten (she/her) is an LGBTQIA+ advocate and museum professional, working internationally with cultural institutions to further trans and queer inclusion within cultural spaces. Anna received a Masters of Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. Within the U.S., she has served as founding Co-chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) LGBTQ+ Alliance Task Fore for Transgender Inclusion, Chairperson of the AAM LGBTQ+ Alliance Professional Network, and has served on AAM's National Program Committee three times. Anna currently lives in Tennessee with her partner Jenn (they/them) and their very fluffy cat, River, where she is Curator of Collections and Registrar at Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.

About the Interviewers

                            Ashby Haywood (he/him and she/her) is a memory worker based in Knoxville, TN and Atlanta, GA. Currently, he is the archival assistant at the Highlander Research and Education Center. He holds a B.A. from Bennington College in Music Composition and is working towards an M.A. in Education at Goddard College. Along with a passion for radical literature, Ashby enjoys learning from elders through conversation and art-making collaboration. His work is rooted in womanist pedagogy, Afrofuturism, and supporting life-long learning through unschooling and critical literacy. Ashby has previously been a part of the New York Public Library's and the Womanist Working Collective's community oral history projects.

While working as an admission counselor at Agnes Scott College, Ashby served as a staff advisor for an LGBTQ student organization. In the summer, Ashby loves working as a camp counselor at Girls Rock Camp Atlanta. Ashby also enjoys horror films, nature trails, and chocolate treats. 


 

                            Tracee McDaniel (she/her) is the founder and Executive Director of the Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, an advocacy, consulting and social services organization specifically designed to empower the trans and gender non-conforming community. In 2013, Tracee published Transitions: Memoirs of a Transsexual Women, and 2014, she became a vetted trainer for the United States Department of Justice CRS program, "Law Enforcement and Transgender Community," which educates federal law enforcement officers how to better interact with Trans people.  In 2015, Tracee was invited to brief the White House about employment and economic equity at its Trans Women of Color History Month Briefing. In 2016, she was appointed to serve on the Atlanta Citizen Review Board..

Tracee organized Atlanta's annual Trans Day of Rememberance Vigils for ten years. She also served on the Trans Housing Atlanta Program's board of directors, the Center for Civil and Human Rights LGBTQ Institute Advisory Board, and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' TLGBQI Advisory Council. In 2020, Tracee was recognized in a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, when she received the Yellow Rose Nikki T. Randall Servant Leadership Award.


AC Panella (he/him, they/them)
AC Panella is a doctoral candidate at Union Institute and University. He is in the humanities concentration and is getting certificates in museum studies and educational leadership. As a trans activist and teacher, he has worked on a variety of projects including the Trans Leadership Academy, The LA Trans Health Coalition, and has been an advisor to queer student organizations for 15 years. His research is focused on trans collective memory and history as it’s represented in visual and material culture. When he isn’t nose-deep in research, he is a full-time teacher, pet parent, and truncle (Trans-Uncle) to a super adorable three-year-old. This year, he will defend his dissertation on the role San Francisco’s Compton Cafeteria Uprising has on trans memory.
 

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