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Kristyn Scorsone

Kristyn Scorsone (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the American Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark and longtime member of the Queer Newark Oral History Project. Their forthcoming dissertation, A Way Out of No Way: The Labor and Activism of Black Queer and Transgender Women in Newark, New Jersey examines Black queer and transgender women’s labor and related activism in Newark from the 1970s to the present. In addition to co-curating the 2017 traveling exhibit At Home in Newark: Stories from the Queer Newark Oral History Project and producing and hosting the Queer Newark podcast, their writing has appeared in The Public Historian,, History@Work, Notches, Out History, Out in New Jersey, and Los Angeles Music Blog. They also have a chapter in the forthcoming anthology: Queer Newark: Stories of Resistance, Love, and Community. You can also check out Kristyn Scorsone’s Trans Sites of Power Apple Guides Map highlighting places where transgender individuals stood in their power, resisted oppression, found joy, shared community knowledge, and formed radical coalitions. They also shaped Apple’s Pride 2023 campaign, “Illuminating Us.” Their research for Apple explored solidarity and allyship in the LGBTQIA+ community through a narrative framework based on their work as an oral historian with the Queer Newark. Their work influenced how editorial and design teams across Apple Services honored Pride-led narratives globally on Apple TV, podcasts, music, maps, and their app store. Kristyn is available as a consultant for educators regarding using the Queer Newark Oral History Project as an important diverse historical resource to meet New Jersey’s LGBTQ+ curriculum requirement. You can learn more about them on their website: