Reynolds, Mackenzie Oral History

Span Dates: 2017
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 1 interview and 1 transcript


This oral history interview is a part of the NYC Trans Oral History Project. The interview discusses their involvement in faith communities, beginning with the United Methodist Church in Spokane Washington. They explain how they have simultaneously explored their faith and gender identity throughout their life.

Hist/Bio Note

Mackenzie Reynolds was born in Spokane, Washington in 1979. Mackenzie Reynolds is a Jewish leader and advocates for the trans community in New York City. In 2017, they were a rabbinic student in Brooklyn, New York. Beginning with their membership in United Methodist Church in Spokane, Washington, Reynolds has explored their faith and gender identity simultaneously. Queer two-step dancing at Appel Ranch and Karen's Queer Country Events; Sylvia Rivera Law Project; and queer bars including Wild Rose, The Gutter, and Twin Peaks have also facilitated their exploration of gender identity. Reynolds advocates for the integration of class issues into the NYC trans community.

Finding Aid

A description and full recording of the interview is available online.


The interview can be listened to online at the New York Public Library’s website.


Jewish (ethnic, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox) | Methodist (UMC, United Methodist Church) | Trans activism | Washington