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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R. M. Stineman

 

Date of Interview: April 25, 2020

Interview Location: Jersey City, NJ (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Newton, KS

Birth Year: 1962

Occupation: non-profit executive/consultant

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Stine talks about receiving one of the first HIV diagnoses in Iowa, an FBI raid at the Midwest Men’s Festival, RFD magazine and maintaining his connection to Iowa through the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Sr. Clara CumPassionata/Joshua Carpenter Brown

 

Date of Interview: April 23, 2020

Interview Location: Newton, IA (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: she/her

Place of Birth: Peoria, IL

Birth Year: 1956

Occupation: substance abuse counselor, performance artist (Sister of Perpetual Indulgence)

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Sr. Clara talks about her involvement in the Peoria, IL drag scene in the 1970s, RFD magazine, her introduction to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Short Mountain Sanctuary in TN and her experiences creating community from a farmhouse in Newton, IA.

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David Graham

Date of Interview: May 2, 2019

Interview Location: David’s Home in Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Hamilton, OH, USA

Birth Year: 1955

Occupation: Designer/Retired

Interviewer: Evan Hurst

Summary: In this interview, David spoke with me about his experiences growing up in Grinnell, IA, during the 60s and 70s, moving around the Midwest as a young adult not in college, navigating his new found freedom in gay spaces, moving to NYC while the AIDS crisis was just starting, and meeting his husband Frank (See Frank Appleton page for his interview) who he’s now retired with back in Grinnell, IA.

 

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!)