Terry Lowman

Terry (left) with his husband Mark Kassis shortly after their marriage in Ames in 2007

Date of Interview: May 6, 2019

Interview Location: Ames, IA

Pronouns: he/him/his

Place of Birth: Ames, IA

Birth Year: 1947

Occupation: retired restaurateur

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

Summary: Terry describes his life growing up in Ames, his initial marriage to his wife with whom he had two children (who now both identify as LGBT as well), coming out in his late 20’s and subsequent divorce. His husband of 40 plus years, Mark, occasionally adds commentary as Terry discusses adopting two children with Mark in 1990, their various enterprises, and experiences together. Terry also talks about his activism, particularly within his church, the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Ames and in Des Moines. Content Warning: mentions of suicide and death. 

 

Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard

Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard on their Wedding Day in 2010

Date of Interview: April 2, 2019

Interview Location: Newton, IA

Place of Birth: Both were born in Iowa

Birth Year: Gayla was born in 1962; Cindy was born in 1957

Occupation: Gayla works at Progress Industries and Cindy is a retired Nurse

Interviewer: Hannah Dorf

Summary: Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard are life-long Iowans. In this interview, Gayla and Cindy tell their story of Iowa legalizing marriage equality in 2009, and the planning of their wedding that occurred a year later. They are active in politics, canvassing for politicians and have met many candidates.

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