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.

Michelle Hills

Michelle Hills, centered, sits at a table smiling

 

Date of Interview: July 9th, 2020

Interview Location: Iowa City, Iowa (Zoom)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: Burlington, Iowa

Birth Year: 1966

Occupation: Teacher

Interviewer: Rylee Dolezal

Summary: Michelle discusses growing up in Burlington, Iowa and navigating stressful relationships before fostering self-growth and meeting her wife, Joan. She also provides various experiences of coming out, whether it be to her family or her students.

Erica Barz

Headshot of Erica Barz

 

Date of Interview: May 24, 2020

Interview Location: Des Moines, Iowa (Zoom)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Place of Birth: La Porte City, Iowa

Birth Year: 1993

Occupation: Community Engagement Associate at ACLU of Iowa

Interviewer: Rylee Dolezal

Summary: Erica discusses growing up in La Porte City and her involvement in non-profit work.

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Lesley Polek

 

Date of Interview: March 8, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell, Iowa

Pronouns: She/her

Place of Birth: Vicenza, Italy

Birth Year: 1957

Interviewer: Sieglinde Thetard

Summary: Lesley talks about her life on the east coast, as she navigated dating men and women, factory work, gay bars, and addiction. She then explores her life in Iowa, online dating, and alcoholism in Grinnell.

Bojana Crnomarković

Bojana Crnomarković gives two peace signs, kneeling in bed

Interview Date: February 28, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: she/they

Place of Birth:  Beograd, Serbia

Birth Year: 1998

Occupation:  Artist

Interviewer: Maya Dru

Short Summary of the Interview: Bojana, a young lesbian from Serbia, reflects on family.

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Christine Wagner-Hacht

Date of Interview: May 6, 2020

Interview Location: Zoom

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Place of Birth: Burlington, Iowa

Birth Year: 1963

Occupation: Chaplain

Interviewer: Payson Dai

Summary: Christine talks about her experiences growing up in Iowa, coming out to the United Methodist Church and surrendering her order, clinic work during AIDS pandemic, and the history of her and her wife since adolescence.

Ash Bruxvoort and Marti Payseur

Ash and Marti with their dog, Thistle.

Date of Interview: April 27th, 2020

Interview Location: Remote from Mt. Vernon, Iowa and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: They/them or she/her (Ash) and she/her (Marti)

Place of Birth:  Colfax, Iowa (Ash) and Des Moines, Iowa (Marti)

Birth Year:  1990

Occupation:  Both co-own Thistle’s Summit Bed & Breakfast and Amethyst Content Marketing. Ash is also the owner of Ash Gravity Astrology Services.

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Ash and Marti share memories from growing up in Iowa, their work in the non-profit industry, and their decision to start a queer B&B and homestead in small-town Iowa.

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Hannah Breckbill

Date of Interview: May 5th, 2020

Interview Location: remote from Decorah, Iowa and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Place of Birth: Oakland, California

Birth Year: 1987

Occupation: Farmer

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Hannah discusses her childhood, her identity as a Mennonite, and her experiences as a queer farmer on a worker-owned co-op in Decorah, IA.