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Twin Cities Gay and Lesbian Community Oral History Project: Interview with Ashley Ann Rukes
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ashley Rukes is the former director of the Twin City Pride Festival, and the namesake of the annual Twin Cities Pride Parade. She attended the Universities of Boulder and Minnesota, where she was active in student government. At the time of this interview, Ms. Rukes was serving as director of the Twin City Pride Festival and of the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council of the Twin Cities. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Rukes talks about being transgender, and the transgender and gay communities of the Twin Cities. She describes personal heroes such as Susan Kimberly, President of the St. Paul City Council, and talks about resources for transgender people, such as the University of Minnesota's Human Sexuality program. Rukes also tells of her impressions presenting as a young man in gay bars in the Twin Cities. Bars such as the Gay 90's, Sutton's, the Saloon and Brass Rail are talked about in detail. Jack Baker, Steven Endean, Gordon Locksley, George Shea and Leo Treadway, people who have played prominent roles in the Twin Cities gay community, are discussed.
2 hours sound cassette
23 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
01:30:43 running time
Interviewee: Rukes, Ashley Ann
Interviewer: Paulsen, Scott
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 42 (Library Call Number)
AV1994.173.4 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Twin Cities Gay and Lesbian Community Oral History Project'