Iovannone pens essay on Buffalo transgender activist

Tuesday November 27, 2018Roger Coda
Dr. Jeff Iovannone
Dr. Jeff Iovannone

An essay written by Dr. Jeff Iovannone on trailblazing Buffalo transgender activist Peggie Ames, who spoke at Fredonia in the late 1970s, appeared in a recent issue of the feminist web publication “The Establishment.”

Peggie Ames
Peggie Ames (Photo courtesy of the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State)

Based on his research at the Dr. Madeline Davis LGBTQ Archive of Western New York at SUNY Buffalo State College and oral history interviews with community elders, Dr. Iovannone recovers Ms. Ames' life and legacy from the archive and situates her within her rightful place in American LGBTQ history.

Iovannone ultimately argues Ames is an unacknowledged mother of the Transgender Rights Movement, as she created a blueprint for trans activism in rural communities and Rust Belt cities such as Buffalo. The essay can be accessed online


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