Bobbie McKibbin

Date of Interview:  July 2, 2020

Interview Location: Stevensville, MT (recorded remotely via Zoom)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA

Birth Year: 1951

Occupation: college professor and artist

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Bobbie shares memories of growing up in an artistic family in Philadelphia, meeting her wife as an undergraduate, working as a professor of  studio art at Grinnell College, navigating decisions about medical transition, and the role of rural landscapes in her art.

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.

 

Tom Collingsworth

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Date of Interview: Sept. 22, 2020

Interview Location: recorded remotely from Grinnell, IA and Shoreham, NY

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Belmond, IA

Birth Year: 1971

Occupation: Retail assistant manager

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: In this interview Tom discusses growing up in a small Iowan town and living in group homes as a teenager, his experiences of gay, rural hook-up culture in the 90s, navigating relationships with his husband’s adult children and life as an essential worker during Covid-19.

Stephany Hoffelt

Stephany preparing lunches with the Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective

Date of Interview: August 7, 2020

Interview Location: recorded remotely from Iowa City, IA and Shoreham, NY

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Plattsville, WI

Birth Year: 1970

Occupation: Herbal Consultant and Educator

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Stephany discusses her activism and community organizing as a natural response to material injustices she witnessed and experienced growing up. She shares about her work as a herbalist, co-founding the Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective and their response to the crisis conditions of Covid-19 and her experiences as a medic during Black Lives Matter protests in Iowa City.

Heather Dunn

 

Date of Interview: August 3, 2020

Interview Location: Iowa City, IA and Shoreham, NY (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Urbana, IL

Birth Year: 1982

Occupation: Mail Sorter

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Heather discusses her early experiences with leftist activism, her involvement and eventual disillusionment with conservative politics, being trans within lesbian communities, and finding an affirming faith community in an evangelical church. She also offers her thoughts on intergenerational dialogue among queer people and kink as a means of coping with dysphoria.

Kelsey Sawtelle

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Date of Interview:  March 8, 2020

Interview Location: Marshalltown Public Library

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Marshalltown, Iowa

Birth Year: 1988

Occupation: Library Assistant, Dance Teacher

Interviewer: Hope Nowak

Summary:  In her interview, Kelsey discusses growing up in Marshalltown, Iowa, discovering her sexuality in college, and redefining the role of religion in her life.

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