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.

Tom Collingsworth

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Date of Interview: Sept. 22, 2020

Interview Location: recorded remotely from Grinnell, IA and Shoreham, NY

Pronouns: he/him

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.

Stephany Hoffelt

Stephany preparing lunches with the Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective

Date of Interview: August 7, 2020

Interview Location: recorded remotely from Iowa City, IA and Shoreham, NY

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Plattsville, WI

Birth Year: 1970

Occupation: Herbal Consultant and Educator

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Stephany discusses her activism and community organizing as a natural response to material injustices she witnessed and experienced growing up. She shares about her work as a herbalist, co-founding the Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective and their response to the crisis conditions of Covid-19 and her experiences as a medic during Black Lives Matter protests in Iowa City.

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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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.

Ash Bruxvoort and Marti Payseur

Ash and Marti with their dog, Thistle.

Date of Interview: April 27th, 2020

Interview Location: Remote from Mt. Vernon, Iowa and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: They/them or she/her (Ash) and she/her (Marti)

Place of Birth:  Colfax, Iowa (Ash) and Des Moines, Iowa (Marti)

Birth Year:  1990

Occupation:  Both co-own Thistle’s Summit Bed & Breakfast and Amethyst Content Marketing. Ash is also the owner of Ash Gravity Astrology Services.

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Ash and Marti share memories from growing up in Iowa, their work in the non-profit industry, and their decision to start a queer B&B and homestead in small-town Iowa.

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Hannah Breckbill

Date of Interview: May 5th, 2020

Interview Location: remote from Decorah, Iowa and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Place of Birth: Oakland, California

Birth Year: 1987

Occupation: Farmer

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Hannah discusses her childhood, her identity as a Mennonite, and her experiences as a queer farmer on a worker-owned co-op in Decorah, IA.