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.
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: The Mills Restaurant in Iowa City
Occupation: Musician, currently touring with Paisley Fields and Lavender Country
Interviewer: Hannah Dorf and Zamashenge Buthelezi
Summary: Mya is interviewed prior to her performance with Paisley Fields and Lavender Country. She is a musician currently touring with the two bands, and she has produced her own music. She discusses being trans, butch, polyamorous, and being part of the leather community.
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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