Charis welcomes Morna Gerrard and AC Panella for a conversation about The Georgia Trans Oral History Project. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.
The Georgia Trans Oral History Project (GTOHP) is dedicated to collecting the stories, memories, and histories of trans, gender non-conforming people, and allies who have participated in trans activism in Georgia. The goal of this project is to root trans people’s experiences in our greater history. This is an ongoing project that will start in late Spring of 2021 in collaboration with trans communities and Georgia State University. For the near future, interviews will be conducted remotely through Zoom, and they will become part of the Gender and Sexuality Collections in GSU’s Special Collections and Archives. Great care will be taken to ensure that participants’ stories and identities will be protected, and resources are offered for those who may not have access to the technology to participate.
The Georgia Trans Oral History Project wants to preserve your story! To participate go to: https://forms.gle/xpzqashAWG7WABXe7
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. She is the proud mother of two cats - Millie and Oscar.
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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