Oral History with London Newton, Part 2

Special Collections at UNC Asheville
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00:01:27 - Coming Out

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Partial Transcript: London: Yeah. My mom, she's definitely working on it. It's definitely improved. She hasn't always been the best, that's for sure, but she's working on it. She loves my girlfriend right now, like loves her. Yeah. I think my mom seeing me with my first girlfriend, because she came down for my senior prom, was really helpful for her because she was able to see that lesbianism is not just some sexual thing. I think that my mom saw gayness as just sexual, and she's obviously a Christian, and so she's like... Yeah. People aren't just gay for a... It's not just about sex. Yeah, I think that that was a bigger thing for her to start chilling about it. Then she really likes my current girlfriend, so that's nice. Yeah, all of my friends have always been very supportive in that regard.

Keywords: Christian; Coming Out; Family; First Relationship; Friends; Gay Rights; High School; Homophobia; Middle School; Parents

00:21:31 - First Gay Experiences: Relationships and Queer Spaces

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Partial Transcript: London: I just remember with my first girlfriend all these realizes of the differences between dating men and being with women. Women are so much softer and cleaner, and all these things. Just the first time dating a woman is just so awesome. There have been times where I'm just like, "I love my life. I really do." It's just awesome. I love living my life surrounded by women, and by femmes, and by queer people. I remember walking around New York for the first time. I love New York. It made me feel so hopeful and all this stuff. I remember I was walking around with my first girlfriend, who I felt at that point I was going to marry. I remember I was scared to hold hands, and she was like, "Girl, no one here is looking at you. Literally no one cares what you're doing."

Keywords: Asheville, NC; Black; Dating; Gay Community; Lesbian; New York, NY; Queer

00:27:34 - Necessity of Black Queer Spaces

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Partial Transcript: London: Yeah. It's also that Black queer spaces are often the ones that are most accessible for the most people. Even just not Black queer people, and it's because Black people and Black queer people and Black femmes know what it's like to be left out a lot, and we make our spaces often as inclusive as possible.

Keywords: Black; Black Culture; Black Queer Spaces; Community; Queer Spaces; Safe Space

00:31:36 - Finding Happiness and Satisfaction in Life

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Partial Transcript: London: The work I do has to be my top priority, blah, blah, blah. It's like, no, life is also about the relationships that you build. I don't want to die and the only thing I have is a resume.
Livvy, Interviewer: Damn. That would be so sad.
London: Right? It would be a nice resume, but I want more than that. I've been just investing more, trying to invest more time in my relationships, and it's been really nice.

Keywords: Leadership

00:40:03 - Global Changes since 2000 / Prioritizing Relations with BIPOC Queer People

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Partial Transcript: London: I'm prioritizing my relationships with Black and Brown gay people.
Livvy, Interviewer: What has made you prioritize that, the relationship? What's so different besides us being Black and Brown, them being White?
London: Because it often feels transactional because I know that I'm teaching them something whenever I'm talking about how I feel.
Livvy, Interviewer: Yeah.
London: Obviously we can all learn from each other, but I'm sick of... I already have to do activism. I already have to do educational things. I don't feel educating other people. I want to talk to people who can help me, and I feel like I've been a person for a lot of guidance for a lot of people, like a lot of baby gays coming to me, because there's a lot of baby gays at UNCA and stuff like that. Which I love doing, but I also deserve to be taught by other people. I don't feel like I learn much from White gay people.

Keywords: 2000s; Anti-racist; Capitalism; Community; Racism; Relationships