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00:01:00 - Involvement in the Women's Liberation Movement

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Partial Transcript: Lorena: I don't know. I mean, in terms of the feminist movement and, again, I have that intellectual history so mine tended to happen through the university and through courses that increased my awareness of gender. Our participation you can see from even just those archival materials that when I was a student at UNC-A I started that feminist collective so I was clearly influenced by the women's movement and there was a period where that's sort of how gender and sexuality entered the conversation academically is through women's studies.
Lorena: Definitely that. I think that my ... I also consider my scholarship and this is somewhat controversial but I consider the work I've done as a teacher and as a scholar in queer studies as a form of activism. For me, it's very much grounded in the scholarship.
Lorena: Our activism was we were participants in SAGA and the community connections. I had a role with that paper. The community here in Asheville in the late '80s and early '90s ... I guess we left here in '91. Is that right? Yeah.
Kitty:Yeah. '91, '92.
Lorena: Yeah. There was that period where I think I had that level of activism and I remember we'd go with buses to Washington to marches. There were at least three marches I think. One I remember I think was abortion rights. It was a women's feminist march. Then at least one or two ... I can't remember if there were two for feminism and one for ... But there was a big '91 march that we attended, a big LGBT march in DC. Then we'd go to Raleigh for marches and demonstrations.

Keywords: Academic; College; Feminism; Raleigh, NC; UNCA; University; University of North Carolina Asheville; Women's Studies

00:04:54 - Intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ Community and Local Groups

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Partial Transcript: Lorena: Yeah. I guess it did somewhat. I do remember those conversations. I think I mentioned it last time. I seem to remember one in Charlotte's living room and there were a couple of African-American women that I remember who were part of the larger group and that we were always talking a lot about inclusion and the
challenges of how to reach that and have a more diverse group. It was an integrated group but there were still struggles there to get beyond just a white dominance.

Keywords: Anti-racist; Class; College; Diversity; Race; University

00:06:38 - Networking with Notable Members of Western North Carolina's LGBTQ+ Community

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Partial Transcript: Lorena: Then, for me, the other thing that was happening then that was significant was AIDS/HIV and that was also a piece of it. When I think back on ... I think when you know people who are HIV positive then it's a boost to your eagerness to get out there. There were things that were about testing and anonymity and panels we were sort of active with around that issue too.
Kitty: We joined a group against Jesse Helms.
Lorena: That's right.
Kitty: We campaigned.
Lorena: Yeah. Yeah. Harvey Gant.
Kitty: Harvey Gant.
Lorena: We were politically active with that. That was probably our first actual political activism where we.
Kitty: Went out and campaigned.

Keywords: "Jessie Helms"; AIDS; Advocacy; Community; Feminism; HIV; Political Activism

00:11:43 - Homophobic Experiences

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Partial Transcript: Kitty: Remember when we were downtown and that car pulled up beside us.
Lorena: That's the one my mind goes to.
Kitty: Then didn't you register that somewhere? Remember how ...
Lorena: No. It was ... Yeah. That was a scary encounter. The one time where I really was a little scared for safety.
Kitty: Because of a bumper sticker Lorena had.
Lorena: Yeah. I had a little coming out day bumper sticker on the car and these neo-Nazi types were trailing us and gunning their car and this was right downtown.
Kitty: On Heywood.
Lorena: Yeah. We'd come off of Merrimon and worked our way up to Haywood and they were coming up against us doing Seig Heil, die faggots die, get AIDS. I think they thought we were gay men. I remember having that feeling.

Keywords: Career; Homophobia; Job Discrimination; SAGA

00:18:03 - The Evolution of Politics

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Partial Transcript: Lorena: I think we have a horrendous executive office and Republican not doing their jobs in Congress. I think that we're ... I feel like we're at a really unique and historical unprecedented ... Everyone keeps saying that but I really do feel as though we're in an unprecedented historical movement of reversals of gains in terms of social policy and social justice and general decency.
Lorena: That's like my global sort of thing. Personally, I was motivated when Trump was elected. I feel like that's one of the main things where I was like, "Well, I've got to do something" and that's when I started volunteering more actively with Youth Ally.
Lorena: I do feel like the political movement and I think this is often the case is when you're in a slump is when people are digging into their pockets to give money because you realize the pressure on minorities is harsher than ever.
Lorena: I think I've already spoken to how I think that we can't look at this as a sort of isolated LGBT moment anymore that it has to be about all kinds of intersectional differences, including class and race are the two that come to mind most specifically. And ethnicity. I think that's become just so obvious that we can't leave folks behind who are also suffering. Is that the kind of thing?

Keywords: Elections; Progression; Social Justice

00:21:04 - The Importance of Visibility

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Partial Transcript: Libby: I kind of skip around but in the media there's a lot of talk about, "Well, gay people should just come out. They should just come out and everything will be fine." Do you think that people should be forced to come out? Do you know what you mean?
Lorena: Yeah. I don't. I agree with the underlying premise that I think visibility has been the key ... I think without visibility and without speaking up we wouldn't be where we are today. That silence equals death I do agree with that.

Keywords: Acceptance; Closeted; Coming Out; Gender; Sexuality