LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Cortina Jenelle Caldwell

Interview Date:  March 30, 2020

Interviewer:  Amanda Wray

Interview Length (HH:MM): 01:14

Topics Covered: Coming Out / Early Experiences | Equity & Justice - Race | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ at Work | Rebuilding - Friends / Family / Community | Rural v Urban LGBTQ

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Introduction: Biographical Information | What “Rural” Means to Cortina | Growing Up in Morganton and Going to College | Coming Out Journey | Living Black and Queer, School Experiences | LGBTQ+ Role Models | Leaving / Returning to College, Creating a NonProfit | Artists Designing Evolution Project: Entrepreneurship, Storytelling, Service, Education, and Creative Facilitation | Moving “Back Home,” Starting a Business, Early LGBTQ Community Experiences Listening to LGBTQ Youth and Developing Leadership | Shifts in LGBTQ Gathering, How We Socialize Differently

Outline of the Interview

Introduction: Biographical Information | What “Rural” Means to Cortina | Growing Up in Morganton and Going to College | Coming Out Journey | Living Black and Queer, School Experiences | LGBTQ+ Role Models | Leaving / Returning to College, Creating a NonProfit | Artists Designing Evolution Project: Entrepreneurship, Storytelling, Service, Education, and Creative Facilitation | Moving “Back Home,” Starting a Business, Early LGBTQ Community Experiences | Listening to LGBTQ Youth and Developing Leadership | Shifts in LGBTQ Gathering, How We Socialize Differently

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