David E. Hays

Date of Interview: June 29, 2020

Interview Location: Waterloo, IA (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: he/him/his

Place of Birth: Iowa

Birth Year: 1951

Occupation: retired – Public Info Coordinator, Public Radio KUNI/KHKE

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: David recalls the Waterloo gay bar scene of the 1970s and 80s, the emergence of local activism and an evolving sense of community in the face of HIV/AIDS and homophobia within recovery programs. He also discusses his own research into local gay history, describing a Waterloo sheriff’s efforts to arrest and institutionalize local gay men in 1960, the “gay purge” of students and faculty at University of Northern Iowa from 1965 to 1967 and the underground gay scene that existed prior to Waterloo’s first gay bar.

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Richard Gralnek

 

Date of Interview: May 5, 2020

Interview Location: Iowa (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY

Birth Year: 1948

Occupation: retired, worked for insurance companies

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Rich tells about growing up in Marshalltown, his early experiences dating girls, transitioning in Des Moines in the early 1980’s and his thoughts about aging as a trans person.

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Loren Olsen

 

Date of Interview: April 20, 2019

Interview Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

Summary: Psychiatrist and author Loren Olsen MD describes his life growing up in rural Nebraska, his time in the Navy, marrying and then divorcing his wife with whom he had two children, his coming out in his 40’s and partnership with his husband Doug, whom he married in Iowa in 2009. (Check out his personal website and autobiography at www.lorenaolson.com!)