Jude Grunder

Date of Interview: February 15, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Pronouns: They/them

Place of Birth: Champaign, Illinois

Birth Year: 1999

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Jude talks about growing up in small-town Illinois as a multi-racial and gender non-conforming person, their struggles with mental and physical health, and their experiences as a student at Grinnell College.

 

Lesley Polek

 

Date of Interview: March 8, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell, Iowa

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Vicenza, Italy

Birth Year: 1957

Interviewer: Sieglinde Thetard

Summary: Lesley talks about her life on the east coast, as she navigated dating men and women, factory work, gay bars, and addiction. She then explores her life in Iowa, online dating, and alcoholism in Grinnell.

Oliver Lawrence

Photo Artist: Margot Heron

Date of Interview: February 24th, 2020

Interview Location: Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Pronouns: They/them

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Oliver discusses growing up in Illinois, their involvement with Christianity, coming out as bisexual and non binary, and their experience with medical transition in Iowa.

Hannah Breckbill

Date of Interview: May 5th, 2020

Interview Location: remote from Decorah, Iowa and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Place of Birth: Oakland, California

Birth Year: 1987

Occupation: Farmer

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Hannah discusses her childhood, her identity as a Mennonite, and her experiences as a queer farmer on a worker-owned co-op in Decorah, IA.

 

Gina Weekley

Date of Interview: April 21, 2020

Interview Location: Waterloo, IA

Place of Birth: Waterloo, IA

Birth Year: 1983

Pronouns: She/her

Occupation: At-Risk Coordinator

Interviewer: Rylee Dolezal

Summary: Gina discusses growing up in Waterloo, coming out to her family, her relationship with Christianity, and the work she’s done for the community.

View and Download Gina Weekley Interview Transcript (PDF)

View and Download Gina Weekley Interview Transcript (.txt)

David Graham

Date of Interview: May 2, 2019

Interview Location: David’s Home in Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Hamilton, OH, USA

Birth Year: 1955

Occupation: Designer/Retired

Interviewer: Evan Hurst

Summary: In this interview, David spoke with me about his experiences growing up in Grinnell, IA, during the 60s and 70s, moving around the Midwest as a young adult not in college, navigating his new found freedom in gay spaces, moving to NYC while the AIDS crisis was just starting, and meeting his husband Frank (See Frank Appleton page for his interview) who he’s now retired with back in Grinnell, IA.