Marlu Carolina Abarca

 

Date of Interview: April 14th, 2019

Interview Location: JRC

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: California

Birth Year: 1992

Occupation: Bilingual Services Library Assistant at Des Moines Public Library

Interviewer: Amari

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).

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.

 

Lucid Thomas

Date of Interview: February 10, 2019

Interview Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Place of Birth: Champaign-Urbana, IL

Birth Year: 1995

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: May Kurata

Summary: Lucid Thomas discusses his childhood, teenage years, and how he was often the only “girl” amongst his friends while also trying to “suck” at being a girl. In college, he discusses discomfort with campus queer culture, including being misread as a “straight ally.” Thomas also discusses how he continues to navigate being woke at a small liberal arts college, and being trans, a man, an artist, and an activist.