Michelle Esther O’Brien is a practicing psychotherapist. She received her PhD (Graduand) from the Department of Sociology at New York University. Her dissertation focused on how capitalism shapes LGBTQ organizing in New York City. Michelle is a co-editor of Pinko, and her writing has appeared in Social Movement Studies, Work, Employment & Society, Commune, Homintern, Endnotes and Invert. She is currently studying psychoanalytic practice at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).
Michelle worked as a Community Oral History Coordinator at the New York Public Library, where she led the New York City Trans Oral History Project. She continues to work with the project as a collective member. The Project is gathering a growing online archive of personal oral histories from trans New Yorkers.
Michelle received her Masters of Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY. She spent several years working in HIV/AIDS service agencies, as a community organizer, support group facilitator and case worker. She served as the Executive Director of Housing Here and Now, at the time the leading coalition of tenant rights organizations in New York City.
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