Lesbian Elders Oral History Project: Interview with Patricia R. Saltness
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born January 9, 1937, in Dawson, Minnesota. Father was a trucker, mother had a variety of jobs. One older brother and one older sister. Various jobs. Then went to college to get teaching certificate and taught fourth grade for several years in Minneapolis. From 1975 until recently she owned a remodeling business. Currently semi-retired. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Work history; knowing before first grade that she was a lesbian; considering herself a tomboy; her first lover, who eventually got married; choosing to come to Minneapolis; bigotry in Willmar, Minnesota; staying closeted and flirting with men; lack of discussion because of fear; gay bars; softball teams and the lesbian culture; the butch and femme elements of lesbian culture; coming out to her mother in 1985; sadness that women can dress in men's clothing (jeans, sweatshirt), but men can't dress in women's; playing the trumpet in the Freedom Band; activity in GLEAM (Gay and Lesbian Elders Active in Minnesota) for social reasons; changes since 1959, including fear having gone, people being more educated, and lesbians being more empowered.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
16 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:54:55 running time
Creation Interviewee: Saltness, Patricia R.
Interviewer: Weiland, Mary R.
Made in Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/18/1996
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 67
Accession Number AV1999.251.6
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Lesbian Elders Oral History Project'

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