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Marlene Massey Oral History Interview, 2017

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0:00 - Introduction and Background

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Partial Transcript: Today's date is May 24, 2017 and I am Angela Dunham. This is an oral history interview with Marlene Massey in Corvallis, Oregon...

Segment Synopsis: Massey briefly talks about her childhood, family, and educational background.

Keywords: childhood; education; family

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4:40 - Discussions about LGBTQ issues with family

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Partial Transcript: So, talking about LGBT issues, were they ever discussed in your family growing up?

Segment Synopsis: Massey talks about the lack of discussion surrounding LGBTQ issues with her family

Keywords: coming out; family; LGBTQ

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5:32 - First exposure to LGBT issues | Coming to terms with sexual identity

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember your first reaction or exposure to LGBT issues?

Segment Synopsis: Massey talks about her growing awareness of her own sexuality and her interactions with other women. She also talks about attempting to speak to her parents about her sexuality.

Keywords: coming out; Greenwich Village; LGBTQ; sexuality

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10:44 - Attitude toward LGBT issues in school and community

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember, was there an attitude toward LGBT issues in your school and your community?

Segment Synopsis: Massey briefly describes the climate surrounding LGBT issues in her community

Keywords: community; LGBTQ; sexuality

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11:32 - Moving to Oregon | Differences between Oregon and New Jersey

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Partial Transcript: Moving on to your move to Oregon. What motivated you to move to Oregon?

Segment Synopsis: Massey briefly describes her move to Oregon and how the social environment differed from New Jersey.

Keywords: Oregon; sexuality

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14:00 - What was your first exposure to LGBT activism?

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Partial Transcript: What was your first exposure to LGBT activism?

Segment Synopsis: Massey describes her experiences with discrimination working at a school that constituted her first experiences with LGBT activism

Keywords: activism; discrimination; homophobia; Oregon Citizens' Alliance

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19:42 - Decisions to join and participation in After 8

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Partial Transcript: So, when did you first hear about After 8 and what made you want to join?

Segment Synopsis: Massey talks about her first experiences with After 8 and her involvement as a member of the organization. She includes several props from her time involved with the organization.

Keywords: activism; After 8; Harvey Milk Dinner; LGBTQ; Oregon Citizens' Alliance; sexuality

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35:08 - Community reactions to After 8

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Partial Transcript: Relating to this project and in general, what kind of reaction did the group receive from the community?

Segment Synopsis: Massey talks briefly about some of the community backlash against After 8 as well as against her as a lesbian.

Keywords: After 8; death threats; harassment

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38:03 - Experiences of hospitalization

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Partial Transcript: So, when did you stop being involved with After 8?

Segment Synopsis: Massey describes her experiences in he hospital following her brain injury as well as some of her other experiences with medical professionals relating to her sexuality.

Keywords: After 8; brain injury; hospitalization; medical problems; sexuality

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44:13 - Experiences as both a member of the LGBT community and a disabled person

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Partial Transcript: So, what is your experience as both a member of the LGBT community as well as a disabled person? Do you have examples of that intersection? Can you talk a little bit about that?

Segment Synopsis: Massey briefly talks about the intersection of her identity as a member of the LGBT commnunity and having a disability.

Keywords: disability; LGBTQ; sexuality

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45:59 - Activism over time | Similarities between LGBT and disabled rights

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Partial Transcript: Do you consider this an activist role or how have you perceived your role in activism change over time?

Segment Synopsis: Massey briefly discussed how her activism has changed over time as well as the similarities she sees between LGBT rights and disabled rights activism.

Keywords: activism; After 8; disability; LGBT; marginalization

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48:11 - Finding community in Corvallis

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Partial Transcript: I was gonna ask about finding community in Corvallis. You mentioned the co-op, how you saw a shift in finding gay meeting places...

Segment Synopsis: Massey talks about the options for finding community in Corvallis

Keywords: community; LGBTQ

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50:27 - The importance of advocacy | Involvement with Unitarian Fellowship

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Partial Transcript: So, can you talk a little bit about why advocacy is important to you?

Segment Synopsis: Massey describes why advocacy is so important to her. She also talks about her involvement with the Unitarian Fellowship.

Keywords: advocacy; education; LGBTQ:disability; teaching; Unitarian Fellowship

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52:15 - Shift in attitudes towards LGBT community over time

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Partial Transcript: Can you talk a little bit about the shift in attitudes you've seen since you've grown up to now surround the LGBT community?

Segment Synopsis: Massey describes the growing acceptance for non-heterosexuality she has seen since her childhood as well as a knitting group she is involved with through the Unitarian Fellowship

Keywords: LGBTQ; sexuality

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54:21 - Additional comments

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Partial Transcript: Is there anything else you would like to share with the archive?

Segment Synopsis: Massey offer some final comments about acceptance, marriage, and volunteering at the public library.

Keywords: acceptance; lesbian; marriage

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