Violet Everly

Date of Interview: May 13, 2020

Interview Location: Grinnell, Iowa via Zoom.us

Pronouns: she/her

Place of Birth: Sioux City

Birth Year: 1996

Occupation: Unemployed

Interviewer: Ziggy Thetard

Summary: Violet talks about her life growing up in Iowa. In that time, she competed in Magic the Gathering tournaments, gamed online, came out as trans, and started transitioning. She is currently recovering from coronavirus.

Chris Wilde

Date of Interview: May 10th, 2020

Interview Location: Remote from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Sammamish, Washington

Pronouns: He/him or They/them

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Birth Year: 1966

Occupation: Queer Zine Archivist, Sexuality Educator, Computer Tech Support Consultant

Interviewer: Steven Saada

Summary: Chris shares their experiences at Grinnell College during the 1980s, including the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis and the student organizing to found a gay and lesbian resource center on campus. They also discuss their continued advocacy around intersectional issues at Grinnell and beyond.

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.