Interview of Robbi Ann Mecus

Robbi Ann Mecus describes her journey from growing up with her family, experiencing gender dysphoria in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, to living as her authentic female self in rural Upstate New York with her daughter, where she works as a forest ranger. She also goes into detail about personal experiences along the way, including her searches for love and a place to belong, as well as her initial forays into presenting as female before she had come out to anyone she knew. She elaborates on the unique challenges she has faced and faces with regards to trans healthcare access as a person who lives in a rural area, as well as her experience as a member of rural law enforcement, as well as the personal relationship she maintains with New York City itself.

Date of Interview:

November 30, 2021

Location of Interview:

Robbi’s Apartment, Keene, New York

Place of birth:

Queens, New York



Interviewed by

Rachel Tenney

Summary by

Garrett Wood