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Lesbian Elders Oral History Project: Interview with Joyce E. Peltzer
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born July 21, 1931, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Attended Groveland Grade School, Central High School (graduated 1949), Macalester College (graduated 1954) and then the University of Minnesota for graduate education in social work (graduated 1957). One younger sister. Contracted polio in 1951 while in Mexico. Numerous jobs. Adopted a son. Retired from Lutheran Social Services in 1989 after working there since 1967. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Struggles with polio during her college years; getting a job in social work; discovering, after graduate school, that she was a lesbian; dating men; buying a house with her partner; getting involved with local and national politics; her partner's unsuccessful campaign for county commissioner in Dakota County; coming out to her family; various jobs in social work; lobbying for rights for single parents; the struggle to be less aggressive professionally and stronger in her personal life; difficulties the church has with lesbian relationships; involvement in GOLD (Grand Old Lesbian Dykes); commitment ceremony in her church; working within the church to change attitudes; statement that "there are just as many conflicts within a community of people who are other than heterosexual...we can be our own worst enemies"; the gay and lesbian community needing to work on accepting people with disabilities.
1.5 hours sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
01:13:17 running time
Interviewee: Peltzer, Joyce Elaine
Interviewer: Weiland, Mary R.
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 67 (Library Call Number)
AV1999.251.5 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Lesbian Elders Oral History Project'