LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Matthew Alvarez

A pansexual queer shares their struggles with stigma and the role that DRAG has played in helping them to discover and express themselves.

Interview Date:  August 8, 2020

Interviewer:  Govinda Wagner

Interview Length (HH:MM): 00:46

Topics Covered: Coming Out / Early Experiences | Inspirations / Mentors / Leaders | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ through Art | Names / Pronouns / Labels | Rural v Urban LGBTQ

Matthew, a pansexual queer, was born on May 28, 1998, on the St. Petersburg military base in Virginia. Matthew is a 1st generation Hispanic college student studying sociology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Matthew knew from a young age that he felt different in terms of his sexuality and eventually came out at 16 years old to one other person who unfortunately did not keep his secret. As he grew older, Matthew felt ostracized because of his sexuality. During his time in college and living in Cullowhee, he became more connected with the LGBTQIA+ through friends and eventually drag. Drag would become a staple way for Matthew to express his sexuality and connect with others in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Direct Links to Sections: Military Childhood and Family Names | College and Coming Out Journey | LGBTQ+ Representation at Western Carolina U | Relationship with Rural LGBTQ Community and Existing | High School Stories | Drag Culture in Cullowhee | DRAG, Insiprations & Mentors, Rural LGBTQ

Click a Link to Go Directly to a Particular Segment

Military Childhood and Family Names | College and Coming Out Journey | LGBTQ+ Representation at Western Carolina U | Relationship with Rural LGBTQ Community and Existing | High School Stories | Drag Culture in Cullowhee | Drag Inspirations and LGBTQ+ Mentors | DRAG, Inspirations & LGBTQ + Mentors

Outline of the Interview

Military Childhood and Family Names | College and Coming Out Journey | LGBTQ+ Representation at Western Carolina U | Relationship with Rural LGBTQ Community and Existing | High School Stories | Drag Culture in Cullowhee | Drag Inspirations and LGBTQ+ Mentors | Coming Out, Pride in School, DRAG, Insiprations & Mentors, Rural LGBTQ

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