“I Was Going To Have Family Again:” How One Woman’s Path to Being Herself Led Her Home

Recorded August 16, 2019 Archived August 16, 2019 02:24 minutes
Id: APP652071


Elizabeth Coffey-Williams was in her early 20s when she told her family that she was transgender. But back then, in the early 1970s, there were very few options for people who wanted to medically transition.

She is now 71 years old. She sat down for a StoryCorps interview with her niece, Jennifer Coffey, to reflect on that journey.

Elizabeth now lives in a LGBTQ-friendly housing complex for seniors in downtown Philadelphia. Hear more from Elizabeth and her neighbors on the StoryCorps podcast.


  • Jennifer Coffey
  • Elizabeth Coffey-Williams

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