Jake Kulaw is a white transman born in Buffalo New York, who now lives in Portland Maine. His pronouns are he, him, his. Jake is a high school health teacher in Portland Maine, who is an activist and is involved in community engagement. He is passionate about teaching high school students on LGBTQ+ identities and safe sex. He talks first on his childhood and feeling like he was born in the wrong body. He had a lot of depression and turned to drugs and alcohol in high school and received substance abuse treatment in Albany New York. He talks on coming out as a butch lesbian to his mother and his experience feeling like he did not belong in the butch lesbian community. He has recently come out as a transman and has started transitioning. He shares his experiences with discrimination in the workplace as a former butch lesbian teacher from other staff and his superiors. He expresses concerns about the Trump administration and LBGTQ+ rights. He closes with advice for young trans people who have or may not have come out yet, highlighting building strong friendships.
Please cite as: Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Collection, Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine, University of Southern Maine Libraries.
For more information about the Querying the Past: Maine LGBTQ Oral History Project, please contact Dr. Wendy Chapkis.
Childhood, family, education, mental health, substance abuse, career, teaching, health field, coming out, butch lesbian, trans, relationships, mother, activist work, Trump
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Farmer, Nikki, "Kulaw, Jake" (2019). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 58.
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