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.

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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Chris Wilde

Date of Interview: May 10th, 2020

Interview Location: Remote from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: He/him or They/them

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Birth Year: 1966

Occupation: Queer Zine Archivist, Sexuality Educator, Computer Tech Support Consultant

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Chris shares their experiences at Grinnell College during the 1980s, including the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis and the student organizing to found a gay and lesbian resource center on campus. They also discuss their continued advocacy around intersectional issues at Grinnell and beyond.