Oral History with Tori Elmore, October 24, 2014 (Ms2015-007)


Oral History with Tori Elmore, October 24, 2014 (Ms2015-007)


Tori Elmore grew up in Wytheville, VA, and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2009 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Elmore currently lives in the Blacksburg area and works as a maintenance engineer at the Celanese chemical plant in Narrows, VA. In the Spring of 2013, Elmore began hormone treatments to transition from a man to a woman and the following Fall she came out publicly at her place of work. Elmore plays for the Christiansburg Roller Derby team and is an active member of the New River Valley chapter of PFLAG, a national organization that provides support and education for parents, friends and allies of LGBTQ individuals.

In her oral history, Elmore discusses her struggle with depression, the transition process, playing on a Roller Derby team, coming out at work and gaining acceptance in a blue collar Appalachian community.




Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Tech LGBTQ Oral History Collection, Ms2015-007, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.


Ellen Boggs


Tori Elmore


Major Williams Hall, Virginia Tech




“Oral History with Tori Elmore, October 24, 2014 (Ms2015-007),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed December 11, 2023, http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/Ms2015-007/MS2015-007_VTLGBTQ_ElmoreTori.