Interview Location: Newton, IA (recorded remotely)
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.
Summary: Angelo Mercado discusses what coming out for him was like, how he dealt with his identity in college, his relationship with religion, long distance relationships, and relating to one’s family.
Occupation: Bilingual Services Library Assistant at Des Moines Public Library
Summary: In this interview, Marlu talks about growing up in California, the cultural differences between her American and Mexican identities, discovering her multiethnic identity and learning to embrace it despite pushback from her peers, coming out to her parents as bisexual, and how she ended up working as a librarian (and how much she loves it).
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