Angelo Mercado

Date: March 12, 15, 2019

Location: Humanities and Social Sciences Complex

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Birthplace: Phillipines

Interviewer: Reed Essex

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.

 

 

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).

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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