Interview Location: recorded remotely from Grinnell, IA and Shoreham, NY
Place of Birth: Belmond, IA
Birth Year: 1971
Occupation: Retail assistant manager
Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg
Summary: In this interview Tom discusses growing up in a small Iowan town and living in group homes as a teenager, his experiences of gay, rural hook-up culture in the 90s, navigating relationships with his husband’s adult children and life as an essential worker during Covid-19.
Summary: Michelle discusses growing up in Burlington, Iowa and navigating stressful relationships before fostering self-growth and meeting her wife, Joan. She also provides various experiences of coming out, whether it be to her family or her students.
Summary: Christine talks about her experiences growing up in Iowa, coming out to the United Methodist Church and surrendering her order, clinic work during AIDS pandemic, and the history of her and her wife since adolescence.
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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