Interview of Carla Roldos

Carla Roldos was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in New York City. After being placed into a psych ward as a young child, she became the first nurse and transwoman to work at Callen Lorde. She shares the ways in which NYC has changed as transwomen have lost many of the spaces they used to frequent—Barnum Room, Sally's, Gilded Grape—meanwhile young trans people have increased access to resources, the importance of trans visibility, recovery from substance abuse, hormones and healthcare, and the people and organizations—like her mentor Jackie and Compass House—that have supported her. 

Date of Interview:

November 18, 2021

Location of Interview:

Carla's Apartment in Chelsea

Place of birth:

Puerto Rico



Interviewed by

Anna Keyes

Summary by

Evie Zavidow