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.

Heather Dunn

 

Date of Interview: August 3, 2020

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Urbana, IL

Birth Year: 1982

Occupation: Mail Sorter

Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg

Summary: Heather discusses her early experiences with leftist activism, her involvement and eventual disillusionment with conservative politics, being trans within lesbian communities, and finding an affirming faith community in an evangelical church. She also offers her thoughts on intergenerational dialogue among queer people and kink as a means of coping with dysphoria.

Sara Riggs

Date of Interview:  May 7, 2020

Interview Location: Zoom (remote)

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Phoenix, AZ

Birth Year: 1972

Occupation: Library Assistant

Interviewer: Hope Nowak

Summary:  In her interview, Sara discusses growing up in Cedar Rapids, redefining her religion and spirituality, navigating relationships, and raising her kids. 

 

 

 

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.