Funded and supported by the LGBT Centre (Mongolia), S. Batchimeg, Board member, and Joe D. Lerangis, Young Leader, began implementing “Mongolia’s LGBT Oral History” project in February 2015 as part of the Youth Leadership for Human Rights Program – 2015. Researchers believe Mongolia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and other sexual and gender minority people are an integral and substantial part of the society, however, their lives remain unknown and unarticulated. Their voices, their perspectives, and their stories cannot go unheard.
What is oral history?
Oral history is a collection and study of historical information using tape recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events. The LGBT Oral History is portraits of specific people and their experiences shared through interviews, transcribed and edited for clarity, but left as close to the original voice of the interviewee as possible. Additionally, the stories have been edited to maintain the anonymity of (some) participants.
What are this project’s main goals?
- Develop a broader understanding of the history of modern Mongolia, specifically the transition from a socialist to a democratic society, through the stories of people of marginalised sexualities and gender identities.
- Provide perspectives to readers who may be struggling with their own sexuality or gender identity, as well as allow interviewees to take a closer look at their own stories and express themselves in a way they may not have been able to.
- Connect the LGBT community members of Mongolia, foster a community spirit.
- Construct a bridge for understanding sexuality and gender minorities within the Mongolian society, and the realities that people are facing each day.
- Expand the resources available to LGBT people in Mongolia and the space for expression in the community through the internet.
Thank you for taking interest in the project and stay tuned for the LGBT Oral History posts. If you would like to receive more information, do not hesitate to e-mail Batchimeg and Joe.
Bolor [actual name omitted for anonymity] is a lesbian woman born in Mongolia in the transitional year (from Socialism to a Democratic society) of 1990. At a young age she moved from the countrysid…
Tulga is a gay man who was born and raised during socialist period. In his interview he speaks about growing up in a close-minded society, thinking he had an incurable illness and eventually attemp…
Монголоор уншина уу: In this interview we spoke with a trans[i] man named Erdene (real name omitted for anonymity). As a professional athlete, Erdene won many gold and silver medals in Mongolia an…