“I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. ”

In the early 1960s, while growing up in a rough housing project on Chicago’s South Side, Alexis Martinez (L) had to hide that she was transgender.

Her name back then was Arthur.

At StoryCorps, she told her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez, how in the last few years, she has been able to live as a woman full time.

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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Music Info: "Flax" by Fredrik from the Album Trilogi.
Produced by Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall
Facilitated by Yasmina Guerda
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