Interview Location: recorded remotely from Grinnell, IA and Shoreham, NY
Place of Birth: Belmond, IA
Birth Year: 1971
Occupation: Retail assistant manager
Interviewer: Elliot Wesselborg
Summary: In this interview Tom discusses growing up in a small Iowan town and living in group homes as a teenager, his experiences of gay, rural hook-up culture in the 90s, navigating relationships with his husband’s adult children and life as an essential worker during Covid-19.
Summary: Angelo Mercado discusses what coming out for him was like, how he dealt with his identity in college, his relationship with religion, long distance relationships, and relating to one’s family.
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.