Summary: In this interview, David spoke with me about his experiences growing up in Grinnell, IA, during the 60s and 70s, moving around the Midwest as a young adult not in college, navigating his new found freedom in gay spaces, moving to NYC while the AIDS crisis was just starting, and meeting his husband Frank (See Frank Appleton page for his interview) who he’s now retired with back in Grinnell, IA.
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.
Interview Location: Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Place of Birth: Champaign-Urbana, IL
Birth Year: 1995
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.
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