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.
Birth Year: Gayla was born in 1962; Cindy was born in 1957
Occupation: Gayla works at Progress Industries and Cindy is a retired Nurse
Interviewer: Hannah Dorf
Summary: Gayla Snook and Cindy Pollard are life-long Iowans. In this interview, Gayla and Cindy tell their story of Iowa legalizing marriage equality in 2009, and the planning of their wedding that occurred a year later. They are active in politics, canvassing for politicians and have met many candidates.
Interview Location: Grinnell United Church of Christ, Grinnell, IA
Interviewers: Lucid Thomas and Lydia James
Summary: In this group interview, LGBT and allied parishioners of the Grinnell United Church of Christ reflect on how perspectives on race and sexuality have changed locally in the church over the years, what it means to be an Open and Affirming congregation, experiences being allies to LGBT people generally in Iowa, and more.
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