Partial Transcript: And it was largely remarkably easy, especially, like maybe not for my family, in
that I don't really know that I experienced like homophobia from them, but
especially my dad's side of my family was very much just like, "No, you aren't,"
which I bet has been fun for them as I've spent the last, what, like eight years
going, "Yes, I am." But with my friends and my community and the school that I
was in, it was very much not a big deal for anyone.
Danny Woomer:What sort of pushed to the "No, you're not." Were there any
Keywords: Asheville; Community; Homophobia; Prom; WNC
Partial Transcript: I had a reverse and it was very hard, especially starting in 2016,
right after the 2016 election, there was a strong wave of people who felt very
empowered to be very conservative and not empathetic to other people's
experiences, let me just say. And so, but I also think that I was very cushioned
by that because at the time I identified as a CIS woman and I still am very like
CIS woman passing, like you would look at me and think like that's a CIS woman
and a CIS white woman. So nobody is going to hurt me or do anything bad to me. I
got mostly some rude, like sexualizing comments, but like it's not ideal, but
it's fairly harmless. I never felt like unsafe and nobody ever like called me a
slur or anything.
Keywords: Asheville; GSA; Queer; Queer Affinity Groups; WCU
Partial Transcript: Absolutely. So I think looking back and this is me maybe
falsely predicting scholarship trends, but I think there will be a big pool of
scholarship on the way that quarantine has caused people to self examine and
discover new facets of themselves.
So I have always not really fucked with gender. There have been times when I was
younger, like really young, like early elementary school where I would just like
randomly be like, I'm going to start wearing dude clothes all the time.
Keywords: Gender-Fluid; Quarantine; Self-Realization
Partial Transcript: With identifying is he, she, they, how do you kind of, like I guess
you could just say like, you just know on like a daily basis, but what do you
want to talk about just [crosstalk]?
Lyd Shelley:Just how I use them?
Danny Woomer:Yeah. Not even that. Just kind of like what the experience is like.
Lyd Shelley:Clarifying question. Make it make sense to me. I don't know. I don't
know what the experience is like.
Danny Woomer:On like a day to day, it's a he day. How does that compare to a
Keywords: Femininity; He; Masculinity; She; They; Traditionality
Partial Transcript: And then obviously, like this isn't my story to share, but it was
very much difficult for people to get their fucking heads around it. And I saw
that that was difficult for them. And there was a lot of dead naming, there was
a lot of issues with getting the pronouns right. And I think that very much
validates where I still am at, where I still am, where it's like, I'm not
sharing this with people who are just going to hurt my feelings.
Danny Woomer:Yeah. That's not fun.
Lyd Shelley:So, it is correct and it is right, but the he, she, they thing sort
of allows me to, like you can't dead name me. You can't use the wrong pronouns
for me because there are no, but to some extent, people who don't understand you
will never be equipped to respect you.
Keywords: COVID Classrooms; Dead Naming; Jackson County; Pronoun Usage; Quarantine; Zoom