Preserving My History with the Trans Tell Your Story Project

By Kendall Brown

I chose to participate in the Trans Tell Your Story Project as a way to preserve my history. This was very important to me because I was adopted as a child, yet have no connection to my biological or adoptive family.

When I was given the option to have my story recorded, I saw it as the opportunity for me to tell my story and have it archived for many generations to come.   I may not have any family tree or genetics to reference, but now my great-great grandkids will be able to actually listen to my voice describing my experiences and life during this era.  It really gave me an opportunity to become a part of something that was bigger than “Kendall” was. The Trans Tell Your Story Project gave me a voice that I did not feel I had.

It’s amazing to know that if I left the earth tomorrow, that intimate part of my life would be my legacy. My story is now a part of history and that is something that no one can ever take away.

The experience was so impactful that I return every year on the anniversary of the day I started hormone replacement therapy and record the changes and growth I’ve experienced since my last recording.

It’s like my birthday gift to myself. Except, it’s not my birthday, it’s my manniversary 

I have no plans of stopping any time soon. As long as they will have me, I’ll be there every year on my manniversary.

Organized by Lambda Legal and StoryCorps, the Trans Tell Your Story Project aims to collect the stories of trans and gender non-conforming individuals, people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth.

Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbiansgay menbisexualstransgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.