R. M. Stineman

 

Date of Interview: April 25, 2020

Interview Location: Jersey City, NJ (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Newton, KS

Birth Year: 1962

Occupation: non-profit executive/consultant

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Stine talks about receiving one of the first HIV diagnoses in Iowa, an FBI raid at the Midwest Men’s Festival, RFD magazine and maintaining his connection to Iowa through the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Sr. Clara CumPassionata/Joshua Carpenter Brown

 

Date of Interview: April 23, 2020

Interview Location: Newton, IA (recorded remotely)

Pronouns: she/her

Place of Birth: Peoria, IL

Birth Year: 1956

Occupation: substance abuse counselor, performance artist (Sister of Perpetual Indulgence)

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Sr. Clara talks about her involvement in the Peoria, IL drag scene in the 1970s, RFD magazine, her introduction to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at Short Mountain Sanctuary in TN and her experiences creating community from a farmhouse in Newton, IA.

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Terry Lowman

Terry (left) with his husband Mark Kassis shortly after their marriage in Ames in 2007

Date of Interview: May 6, 2019

Interview Location: Ames, IA

Pronouns: he/him/his

Place of Birth: Ames, IA

Birth Year: 1947

Occupation: retired restaurateur

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

Summary: Terry describes his life growing up in Ames, his initial marriage to his wife with whom he had two children (who now both identify as LGBT as well), coming out in his late 20’s and subsequent divorce. His husband of 40 plus years, Mark, occasionally adds commentary as Terry discusses adopting two children with Mark in 1990, their various enterprises, and experiences together. Terry also talks about his activism, particularly within his church, the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Ames and in Des Moines. Content Warning: mentions of suicide and death.