Reverend Anna Blaedel

Date of Interview: May 1, 2019

Interview Location: Wesley Center in Iowa City

Pronouns: they/them

Place of Birth: Colorado

Birth Year: 1981

Occupation: United Methodist Clergy

Interviewer: Hannah Dorf

Summary: Anna Blaedel discusses their experiences as being an openly queer Clergy member in the United Methodist Church. Anna discusses the multiple complaints filed against them because they are openly queer Clergy.

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Mya Byrne

Date of Interview: April 17, 2019

Interview Location: The Mills Restaurant in Iowa City

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Occupation: Musician, currently touring with Paisley Fields and Lavender Country

Interviewer: Hannah Dorf and Zamashenge Buthelezi

Summary: Mya is interviewed prior to her performance with Paisley Fields and Lavender Country. She is a musician currently touring with the two bands, and she has produced her own music. She discusses being trans, butch, polyamorous, and being part of the leather community.

Hannah Dorf

Date of Interview: February 25, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Wheaton, Illinois

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Lydia James

Summary: In this interview, Hannah discusses growing up in a Chicago suburb, and not having a sense of belonging. As she moved to Grinnell, IA for college, she discusses how she has found her people and no longer feels isolated.

 

Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard

Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard on their Wedding Day in 2010

Date of Interview: April 2, 2019

Interview Location: Newton, IA

Place of Birth: Both were born in Iowa

Birth Year: Gayla was born in 1962; Cindy was born in 1957

Occupation: Gayla works at Progress Industries and Cindy is a retired Nurse

Interviewer: Hannah Dorf

Summary: Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard are life-long Iowans. In this interview, Gayla and Cindy tell their story of Iowa legalizing marriage equality in 2009, and the planning of their wedding that occurred a year later. They are active in politics, canvassing for politicians and have met many candidates.

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