• About

    "For us, by us" is the motto that motivates our research agenda. Composed of three Black trans scholars, the goal of our collective is to amplify, record, and uplift others within the Black trans community. Check us out below!

    Blu Buchanan


    Blu is a Black, non-binary researcher based in Davis, CA. They're currently A.B.D. (all but dissertation) in the UC Davis sociology department.

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    Naomi Simmons-Thorne

    She/Her or They/Them

    Naomi is a qualitative researcher and philosopher-sociologist. She is a senior at the University of South Carolina and a fellow at the Research Institute For Scholars of Equity.

  • Goals & Collaborators

    Collecting and amplifying the stories within our community is our number one priority. We're working with the University of Minnesota's Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) to house our interviews and transcripts. We'll also be working with the Digital Transgender Archive to make all our research publicly available and searchable.

    The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) is committed to collecting, preserving, and making available oral histories of gender transgression, broadly understood through a trans framework.


    The first phase documented the life stories and experiences of transgender and gender non-conforming people. The second phase focuses on trans politics, activist movements, and strategy debate.

    The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.


    By digitally localizing a wide range of trans-related materials, the DTA expands access to trans history for academics and independent researchers alike in order to foster education and dialog concerning trans history.

    Gender Health Center

    Gender Health Center is a non-profit organization meeting the counseling needs of the WHOLE community in Sacramento and the surrounding areas by making our services accessible to the most underserved communities, including the LGBTQQI community and focusing on the "T" or transgender.


    The Gender Health Center have offered to become fiscal sponsors for the B.Trans Oral History Project and we appreciate the ongoing support they've provided to the project and the trans community at large!

  • Collected Black Trans Oral Histories

    Check out our interviews, as well as Black trans interviews from the Tretter Collection and NYC Trans Oral History Projects.


    For more on the research process and your rights as a participant, please click and download our IRB (Institutional Review Board) documents!


    If you are interested in participating in our oral history project, click below!