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"Word of Mouth" How The Trans+ Community Found Itself

The Telephone

FTM Issue 39 Cover (1997)

During most of the 20th century, information traveled through “one-way” forms of media. Newspapers, radio, and television could reach large audiences, and the providers were most often large corporations who were able to curate information as they saw fit.

As time went on, a thirst for more interactive contact emerged; individuals—especially those within marginalized communities—yearned for two-way conversations with people like themselves. But until the Internet came along, Trans+ people who wanted interactions relied upon technologies like the telephone.

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