Caitlin Richter

Date of Interview: 

Interview Location: May’s dorm room

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Florida

Birth Year: 1997

Occupation: student

Interviewer: May Kurata

Summary: Caitlin talks about being involved in the Gay Straight Alliance and Third Wave, student groups at her high school. She identifies as bisexual and talks about how it took her until college to fully realize that. She also discusses LGBT community on Grinnell’s campus and her involvement with Grinnell intersectional vegans and the union for Grinnell dining student workers.

Grinnell United Church of Christ: Memory Circle

Date of Interview: April 14, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell United Church of Christ, Grinnell, IA

Interviewers: Lucid Thomas and Lydia James

Summary: In this group interview, LGBT and allied parishioners of the Grinnell United Church of Christ reflect on how perspectives on race and sexuality have changed locally in the church over the years, what it means to be an Open and Affirming congregation, experiences being allies to LGBT people generally in Iowa, and more.


Lucid Thomas

Date of Interview: February 10, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Place of Birth: Champaign-Urbana, IL

Birth Year: 1995

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: May Kurata

Summary: Lucid Thomas discusses his childhood, teenage years, and how he was often the only “girl” amongst his friends while also trying to “suck” at being a girl. In college, he discusses discomfort with campus queer culture, including being misread as a “straight ally.” Thomas also discusses how he continues to navigate being woke at a small liberal arts college, and being trans, a man, an artist, and an activist.