Interview of Miss Major

Miss Major talks about the culture of transwomen sex workers in NewYork City and Chicago during the 1960s through 1980s as well as hercare-work and advocacy during the rise of the AIDS epidemic,particularly in California. She illustrates her experiences in navigatingbathhouse culture, sex work in 1960s New York City and rudimentaryhormone and surgery access. Becoming a parent and mentor, MissMajor found ways to maintain herself and family through truck drivingand as a community resource through organizations like TenderloinAIDS Resource Project, Angels for Care, Trans Gender, Gender Variantand Intersex Justice Project and her most recent creation; Griffin GracyHistorical Retreat and Resource Center.

Date of Interview:

December 16, 2017

Location of Interview:

Radisson Hotel, Midtown Manhattan, New York

Place of birth:

Chicago, Illinois



Interviewed by

AJ Lewis

Summary by

Kirsten Adorian