Suggested Questions

Identity

  • How do you identify yourself? How, if at all, has how you identify yourself changed over time?
  • If you believe that the lives of LGBTQ-identified people are different today than they were when your parents were growing up, can you tell a story that illustrates this?
  • Can you remember when you first came out and/or felt that you might be an LGBTQ-identified person? What was that like for you?
  • Can you tell a story about coming out to your family, at work, at school, or elsewhere?

Growing Up

  • When you were a child/adolescent, did you ever think that things would be different when you grew up? How so?
  • What did you think your life would be like when you were older?
  • Who have been the most influential people in your life? Why and how?

Gay Rights

  • Was your family subjected to discrimination or prejudice based on your identity? Can you tell me what that was like?
  • Do you have any stories about how you were discriminated against? How did you react?
  • How have you responded to prejudice in your life?
  • How have you been involved in the Gay Rights Movement? How, if at all, has this Movement affected you personally?
  • Do you have any stories that illustrate any barriers or challenges that LGBTQ-identified people currently face?
  • Do you have any stories about how things have changed for the better? Or any stories that show how things have not changed?

Other Questions

  • Do you have stories about this city or town and/or about where you live that people should hear about?
  • Will you tell a story about your first love?
  • Do you have a story about the place of religion and/or spirituality in your life?
  • Did you/do you serve in the military? What was that like?
  • Are there any organizations or institutions that your family or you belonged to that you would like to talk about?
  • What advice do you have for me?
  • What advice do you have for the next generation?

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