Month: May 2016

Foolscap Project – Jim

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blog post by Oli Bédard On a deserted Sunday at the CLGA the shadows run long from grey light in the half dismantled exhibit room, and outside on Isabella Street, Toronto is a swamp of late May. In a cool back room I listen to Jim, talking about his therapists in a low voice. He had many. Jim sat down with John Gruber to be interviewed for the “Foolscap” Gay Oral History Project on December 17th, […]

Oral History Interviews: SRS de/relisting in Ontario

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If you’ve been following our social media posts, you may have noticed that interviewing is now well underway for our oral history project focusing on the 1998 delisting and 2008 re-listing of sex reassignment surgeries in Ontario (as medical procedures funded by the province). So far our team has conducted three interviews, two with Susan Gapka and one with Dr. Greta Bauer. Both have shared rich reflections about their involvement, their work, and their engagement […]

Trans Partners and Creative Non-Fiction/Elspeth Brown

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            I have been continuing my interviews with partners of trans men—folks who have been with their partners before and during some aspect of the transition. At this point I’ve interviewed 48 people in the US and Canada about a range of topics, including gender and sexual identity; visibility; coming out; affective labour; parenting; sex, and other topics. It’s been about 5 years since I put out an actual call. More frequently, people learn about […]