Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Michael Gordon

An oral history interview with Michael Gordon concerning his status as a gay man, his reflections on significant LGBTQ milestones, and his involvement with many political campaigns and legislative bills, was conducted by Kit Sloan and Kylie Boyer on November 4, 2016. Gordon was a consultant and LGBTQ+ activist. Gordon earned an A.A. degree from Iowa Western Community College and a B.A. degree from Bellevue University. He participated in several LGBTQ+ organizations such as Citizens for Equal Protection and Equality Federation, and he was the co-founder of the Greater Omaha GLBT Networking Group. The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course. Gordon began the interview by discussing his childhood and understanding his sexual orientation at an early age. He then detailed moving to Omaha as a young adult and his experiences with the LGBTQ community in town and at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Gordon later described becoming involved with political activism; fighting against the 416 Campaign, lobbying for the Anti-Bullying Bill and the Hospital Visitation Bill, as well as campaigning for various politicians. Gordon went on to discuss the AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage, and the Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard cases. Gordon concluded the interview by describing changes he would like to see for the LGBTQ community., UNO Libraries' Archives & Special Collections, 01:06:36
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Abstract/Description: An oral history interview with Michael Gordon concerning his status as a gay man, his reflections on significant LGBTQ milestones, and his involvement with many political campaigns and legislative bills, was conducted by Kit Sloan and Kylie Boyer on November 4, 2016. Gordon was a consultant and LGBTQ+ activist. Gordon earned an A.A. degree from Iowa Western Community College and a B.A. degree from Bellevue University. He participated in several LGBTQ+ organizations such as Citizens for Equal Protection and Equality Federation, and he was the co-founder of the Greater Omaha GLBT Networking Group. The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course. Gordon began the interview by discussing his childhood and understanding his sexual orientation at an early age. He then detailed moving to Omaha as a young adult and his experiences with the LGBTQ community in town and at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Gordon later described becoming involved with political activism; fighting against the 416 Campaign, lobbying for the Anti-Bullying Bill and the Hospital Visitation Bill, as well as campaigning for various politicians. Gordon went on to discuss the AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage, and the Brandon Teena and Matthew Shepard cases. Gordon concluded the interview by describing changes he would like to see for the LGBTQ community.
Subject(s): Queer Omaha Archives
Sexual minorities -- Nebraska -- Omaha
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)
Date Created: 2016-11-04

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