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00:00:55 - Names, Pronouns, Labels / On Being LGBTQ+

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Partial Transcript: "Gender, race, well I identify with them as a human being, naturally born male. Never have I wanted to be a trans or be anything other. I'm just a gay male. And the gender, what'd you say? Race, was it race? Very proud of my Native American heritage."

Keywords: Male Identifying; Native American Heritage

00:01:21 - Identity / Intersectionality

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Partial Transcript: "I had the best of the worlds. The Protestant world and then also the Cherokee world."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor discusses his early upbringing years spent on the reservation with his grandparents. He further delves into the protestant denominational beliefs he was raised with, and the differences between mainstreamers and non-mainstreamers.

Keywords: Elders; Mainstreamer; Matriarchal Grandparents; Native American Heritage

00:03:48 - WNC Community & Culture

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Partial Transcript: "A lot of new development has occurred in this area. Migration of new people, new ideas, new ways of thinking and just a lot of economic development work."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor talks about the "explosion of growth" in Western North Carolina, and how it affects the culture and central ideas of Asheville.

Keywords: Candler, Buncombe County; Metropolitan; Southern Appalachian Archetype; Urban Sprawl

00:06:51 - WNC Community & Culture / Activism / Advocacy / Politics

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Partial Transcript: "It's been a fight and a struggle. It still is, to a certain extent, but I don't think it's as much the anti-LGBT notion, people that are against that, I haven't seen so much of that, now, in 2020, as I did in 2010 and earlier years than that.'

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor speaks on the history of progressivism in the Western North Carolina area.

Keywords: LGBTQ+ Community; Social Progression

00:09:05 - LGBTQ+ at School / Life in the Closet

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Partial Transcript: "You didn't tell nobody. You didn't say a word about it. You didn't peek at anything. People probably knew it, they could tell I was, they could see it, they could smell it, they could sense it. You wouldn't get a squeak out of me, though."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor reminisces upon growing up LGBTQ+ in a school-setting, as well as on his own reservation.

Keywords: Bullying; Cherokee View on Homosexuality; Confrontation; Living in the Closet

00:15:11 - Coming Out / Early Experiences

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Partial Transcript: "Believe it or not, I don't really have one. I had a coming out journey with my friends when I was in college. From 18 years up to abut 22, that was my coming out. But coming out to my family? I never did."

Keywords: Christian Identity; College; Familial Relations; Friends and Family; Religion

00:22:50 - Stigma / Isolation / Invisibility

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Partial Transcript: "I've lost three cousins, actually, and this was early on in the 1990s. One, she was a prostitute, and the other two were normal homosexuals. But they had moved away and lived away from here when I was younger. In my younger years, when they all returned home and they were sick. They all came home to die and they just struck me funny, too, in those early years. I thought, 'Is that what people do? Do people move away from here to live that life or to feel that life or to follow that life and then they just come home when they're sick?'"

Keywords: Familial Loss; Growing Up LGBTQ+; Stigmatization

00:25:24 - Moving to the South / WNC

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Partial Transcript: "When I moved to Asheville, though, that was basically it. The gay clubs where you socially interacted and then, like I said, the little group, the little private group that you had to request to join and that was called Closer. We met on Tuesday nights down at the All Souls Cathedral down in Biltmore Village. That was it as far as gay advocacy was concerned."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor talks about what life was like for LGBTQ+ people in the 2000's, which organizations and places were safe and important to people within his community.

Keywords: Asheville, NC; Biltmore Village; Gay Clubs; LGBTQ+ Acceptance in Asheville

00:31:44 - Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles

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Partial Transcript: "Being socially stigmatized and being unaccepted. Back then it was the generation before me and that was probably the biggest thing about it, but also to think that you had to go away to live your lifestyle and come home to die. That was what stopped me in my tracks and from then I had to really, really think about that."

Keywords: LGBTQ+ in College; Moving Away; Stigmatization

00:36:25 - Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care

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Partial Transcript: 'Liberation to think and adapt to a life that I felt was conducive to me. I was able to think outside of that, ;You're going to hell,; or, 'God is not pleased with that,' or... I was like, there's got to be more to life than that. Is God that stigmatizing? And then number two, just to meet people from other places that thought outside of the box. That thought outside of that, they didn't live their life just surrounded by fears and stigmas of the church. Not to say that God is not important but I'm just saying, my God, to live a life of fear, I didn't get it. At a young age I'm like, 'That is not what I want. That is not me.'"

Keywords: Acceptance; God; Highlights of LGBTQ+ Journey; Religion

00:41:18 - Inclusion / Safe & Welcoming Spaces / Idenity / Intersectionality

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Partial Transcript: "Now, I have been discriminated against for being Native American and being LGBT by folks who were from away from here. They try to figure out my race, they think I'm black or they think I was West Indies or a slave... A slavery type notion about me or anything like that. If anything, you look Polynesian. You look like you're a Polynesian."

"A lot of discrimination that I have felt here in Asheville has been, partly, I think, from some of the neighborhoods here... Some local folks here, not as much, but there's a lot of tourists in the area here from the LGBT tourists that come to Asheville."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor delves into discrimination he has faced in Asheville as a result of having an LGBTQ+ and Native American identity.

Subjects: Acceptance in Asheville; Discrimination; Intersectionality

00:43:40 - Looking Back / Looking Ahead

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Partial Transcript: "For the most part though, a lot of it today... The gay community in Asheville, I'm going to say this to you and I don't care if anyone gets mad or not, but the gay community in Asheville has gotten really snobby. Very, very selective in who they want to hang with. I blame social media for that and everything like that. People don't interact, they don't have that... A lot of this younger generation will not have that social interaction that I had, having to actually meet them. Not meet them through some kind of device or telephone or the Internet, we didn't have that back then. You actually sat down and physically met with them. This younger generation? No clue. They have no clue about that. And no personality to support that or a desire to want to meet face to face."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor speaks on what is missing in Western North Carolina to help it be more inclusive, and how to improve our region for the LGBT community.

Keywords: Divided LGBTQ+ Community; Generational Divide; Inclusivity; O. Henry's; Pulse, Orlando

00:54:21 - LGBTQ Elders / Looking Back / Looking Ahead

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Partial Transcript: "But if anything, I think a struggle would be, number one, to be who you are, protect yourself. And then number two, to maintain all of those freedoms and all of those liberties that have been established for the LGBT community thus far. Embrace them. Appreciate them. Be appreciative of them. I'm not sure that awareness is there."

"Also be mindful that things could be a lot different. Pretty much, the younger generation, you got the best of who you are and who you represent."

Segment Synopsis: Charles Taylor offers best advice that he would give LGBT youth today, based on the lessons that he learned throughout his life.

Keywords: Equality of Marriage; Ostracized; Self-Worth; Stigmatization