Rook Hine is a 47-year-old transfemme non-binary person from Connecticut. In this interview, Hine describe their life experiences, from challenges in her household, zir benefits and complications within education, and finding their identity as ze grew up. They discuss masking, performing arts as an outlet for gender expression, activism in college and beyond. Ze also mentions developing their non-binary identity, use of the term metagender, polyamory, and internalized transphobia, as well as adventures around the country - attending Sarah Lawrence College in New York, spending time in New Orleans as a tarot card reader, stripper, and phone sex operator after college, going to Los Angeles for a CalArts acting MFA program and doing porn, and Nevada doing political activism for the Al Gore campaign.
In our second interview, Rook Hine spends time discussing a more difficult period in their life. This section involved a lot of conversation around alcoholism and domestic violence. We ended the interview discussing Rook Hine’s work with MaineTransNet.
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PTSD, alcoholism, bullying, puberty, gender performance, performing arts, bisexuality, sexual assault, parental relationships, coming out, pansexuality, metagender, nonbinary, Bisexual Liberation Organization, Sarah Lawrence College, Queer Nation, internalized transphobia, media representation, polyamory, stripping, porn, political activism, Al Gore. Domestic violence, alcoholism, parental challenges, coming out, polyamory, political activism, law school, Lukumí, Brunswick, MaineTransNet.
History of Gender | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Oral History | Women's Studies
Bolduc, Ty, "Hine, Rook" (2022). Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection. 90.
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