Tyler Franklin

Date of Interview: April 24, 2020

Interview Location: Zoom

Pronouns: he/they

Place of Birth: Switzerland

Birth Year: 1974

Occupation: Therapist

Interviewer: Payson Dai

Summary: Tyler talks about their identities, growing up with Transcendental Meditation, joining lesbian separatism, their involvement in the prison abolition and political activism scene, and parenting as trans.

Terry Lowman

Terry (left) with his husband Mark Kassis shortly after their marriage in Ames in 2007

Date of Interview: May 6, 2019

Interview Location: Ames, IA

Pronouns: he/him/his

Place of Birth: Ames, IA

Birth Year: 1947

Occupation: retired restaurateur

Interviewer: Cassidy Christiansen

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. 

 

Kyle Lindsey

 

Date of Interview: February 22, 2019

Interview Location: HSSC, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Pronouns: he/him

Place of Birth: Maryland

Birth Year: 1997

Occupation: Student

Interviewer: Amari Brooks

Summary: Kyle talks about his favorite memories from growing up in Maryland, attending private school, finding a queer community that addresses his LGBT and racial identity, and his experiences in Grinnell the past 4 years.

Grinnell United Church of Christ: Memory Circle

Date of Interview: April 14, 2019

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.