Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Steve Jackson

An oral history interview with Steve Jackson concerning his life growing up as a gay man, his relationships with his friends and family, how his sexuality intersects with race, and his local involvement with the Omaha, Queer, and African American communities, was conducted by Kimberly Maxwell and Nick Finely on November 17, 2016. Jackson was the Program Manager at the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. Jackson earned a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.A. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Jackson previously worked as a tax consultant and sales associate and was affiliated with several organizations, such as UNMC COPH Alumni Association, Delta Omega COPH Honor Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska. He received several awards including the NMAC Unsung Hero Award, Joyce Harrison Minority Health Individual Award, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska 2005 Outstanding Student Award. The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course. Jackson began the interview by discussing his childhood in a religious, African American community. He also described his relationships with various members of his family and the effect of coming out on those relationships. Jackson then discussed his move to Omaha, and meeting his first significant partner and roommate, and caring for him after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Jackson later met his eventual husband and described instances of discrimination they have faced as an interracial couple. Jackson ended the interview by reflecting on how society has changed and how those changes have had positive effects on the LGBTQ community., UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections, 00:49:59
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Abstract/Description: An oral history interview with Steve Jackson concerning his life growing up as a gay man, his relationships with his friends and family, how his sexuality intersects with race, and his local involvement with the Omaha, Queer, and African American communities, was conducted by Kimberly Maxwell and Nick Finely on November 17, 2016. Jackson was the Program Manager at the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. Jackson earned a B.A. degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.A. degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Jackson previously worked as a tax consultant and sales associate and was affiliated with several organizations, such as UNMC COPH Alumni Association, Delta Omega COPH Honor Society, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska. He received several awards including the NMAC Unsung Hero Award, Joyce Harrison Minority Health Individual Award, and the Public Health Association of Nebraska 2005 Outstanding Student Award. The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course. Jackson began the interview by discussing his childhood in a religious, African American community. He also described his relationships with various members of his family and the effect of coming out on those relationships. Jackson then discussed his move to Omaha, and meeting his first significant partner and roommate, and caring for him after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Jackson later met his eventual husband and described instances of discrimination they have faced as an interracial couple. Jackson ended the interview by reflecting on how society has changed and how those changes have had positive effects on the LGBTQ community.
Subject(s): Queer Omaha Archives
Sexual minorities -- Nebraska -- Omaha
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
Date Created: 2016-11-17

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