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00:02:41 - Gay Publications & Journalism

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Partial Transcript: There were other gay people on the paper's staff, in advertising, in business and other places. And in all those years, I only once, I only had one person, one colleague or superior, who obviously was uncomfortable with the fact that I was queer and would have liked to have gotten rid of me. But he's dead and I'm not. And do with it what you will. He was a managing a editor back in the eighties and he was very uncomfortable with my being ... And what it meant, though, was any time there was a gay event, I got asked to cover it, and that was fine. I mean, I was happy to do that. And some other of the staff might not have been, although I don't know that, I think most journalists are open minded and progressive. And then, of course, journalism as a career is fading rapidly.

Segment Synopsis: Jim discusses his collection of LGBT publications spanning from the 70s and 80s.

Keywords: LGBT Publications; UNC Asheville

00:16:36 - Career and Moving

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Partial Transcript: But it dawned on me coming back from Vienna, from living in Austria, that I could live wherever I wanted to because the State Department would take me to and from DC. And I remembered I wanted to live in Asheville, here's my chance. And the Department of State was thrilled because the airfare from Asheville to DC was a lot less than from southern California, any one of four airports in southern California. So that's mostly, and kind of, why I ended up here.

Segment Synopsis: Jim discusses all the different cities and countries that he's lived in, and how he ended up settling in Asheville.

Keywords: Asheville, NC; Career; University; Winston-Salem, NC

00:39:43 - The Gay Scene in Asheville, Then and Now

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Partial Transcript: There used to be many more organizations, gay organizations, and there was at one time, depending on how you counted, as many as seven gay bars in Asheville back in the late seventies, eighties, nineties, somewhere in there. I've forgotten, I guess not in the 70s, there were two or three. But among those seven there were, there was a cluster that had three in it and so they weren't distinct and set totally separate.

Segment Synopsis: Jim talks about the gay scene in Asheville in the past 40 years, including the gay bar scene and the various gay social clubs.

Subjects: Asheville, NC; Community; Community Needs; Gay bar scene; Gay community; Gays in Appalachia; Lesbian Social Club

00:53:59 - Current Efforts To Form Community

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Partial Transcript: Cyclically, there are three different times that I know there have been efforts to create an LGBT center. It wouldn't have been called LGBT 30 years ago. It wouldn't been called a gay center and, maybe, gay and lesbian, if you were lucky. But there have been these cycles.

Keywords: Acceptance; Community; Community Connections; Community Needs; O.Henry's; Scandals

01:06:19 - Growing Up

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Partial Transcript: But coming out. I guess I never felt damaged. I never lost a job. I was never fired for being queer. I don't think I ever didn't get a job that I wanted because I was queer. I was told once that I, during affirmative action era, that I didn't have the plumbing nor the pigmentation for the job. It took me a while what the fuck that meant but it meant I was a white male and, therefore... But I understood that. I thought it was a clever phrase. Plumbing and pigmentation. But it had nothing to do about my sexual organization.

I don't know if I ever could pass or tried. I don't think I try to butch it up now. Or I don't think I did then. Of course, in the hay days of bars, you got costumed and you wore cowboy boots or something. But, hell, that was because you were short and you wanted those three inches of height.

Keywords: Acceptance; Coming Out

01:17:57 - Movements in the 50s, 60s, and 70s

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Partial Transcript: Anyway, suddenly, the gay male population of Manhattan realized they had power and they weren't going to take it anymore. Part of the instigation of that or the realization of that was this, however many thousand gay men trying to get to Judy Garland's funeral, or at least showing their affection and sorrow and da, da, dum, grief. I think the causal relationship is there. It's a coincidence at minimum and I think it is alleged by people who were more involved than I. I didn't know of Stonewall for two or three days. The next day, or the day after, the New York Times had about a four or six inch column about a little bit of a disturbance on Christopher Street the other night, kind of story. It didn't make headlines, at all, in retrospect. It went on for several nights. There were people coming back, bigger crowds coming back opposing the police action.

Segment Synopsis: Jim talks about his memories of activism in the 60s, 70s, and 80s as well as why Asheville attracts so many LGBT+ people.

Keywords: 1980s; Civil Rights Movement; HIV; LGBT activism; Racism; Seeking gay community; Stonewall