Reverend Anna Blaedel

Date of Interview: May 1, 2019

Interview Location: Wesley Center in Iowa City

Pronouns: they/them

Place of Birth: Colorado

Birth Year: 1981

Occupation: United Methodist Clergy

Interviewer: Hannah Dorf

Summary: Anna Blaedel discusses their experiences as being an openly queer Clergy member in the United Methodist Church. Anna discusses the multiple complaints filed against them because they are openly queer Clergy.

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Hannah Dorf

Date of Interview: February 25, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Wheaton, Illinois

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Lydia James

Summary: In this interview, Hannah discusses growing up in a Chicago suburb, and not having a sense of belonging. As she moved to Grinnell, IA for college, she discusses how she has found her people and no longer feels isolated.


Kyle Lindsey


Date of Interview: February 22, 2019

Interview Location: HSSC, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Maryland

Birth Year: 1997

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Amari Brooks

Summary: Kyle talks about his favorite memories from growing up in Maryland, attending private school, finding a queer community that addresses his LGBT and racial identity, and his experiences in Grinnell the past 4 years.