LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Roseanna Coates

Rosie has bene a fixture in LGBTQ Asheville since 1979. She describes her journey towards self-acceptance in the South and the rich history of GBTQ Asheville.

Interview Date:  November 26, 2019

Interviewer:  Tina M. Wite

Interview Length (HH:MM): 01:49

Topics Covered: Bar Culture | Equity & Justice - Race | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Spaces / Events / Pride Festivals | LGBTQ at School | LGBTQ at Work | LGBTQ in the Military | Life in the Closet | Local Community & Culture | On Being LGBTQ | Personal Growth / Happiness / Self-Care | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles | Violence / Bullying / Coercion

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Rosie describes herself and her early days in Asheville (1979-1983) | Rosie Joins the U.S. Army, 1983 | Rosie’s Childhood and Musical Abilities | Rosie Realizes She Is A Lesbian in College | Facing Homophobia and Discrimination in College | Early LGBTQ Bars in Asheville (1979 to late 1980s) | Living Closeted / Living Out with Family | Developing Pride and Self Acceptance | Asheville’s Early Pride Festivals, 1991 | O’Henry’s, A Hub of LGBTQ Support, and Asheville’s Bar History | Asheville Lesbians and Building a Downtown Mecca | Transgender Presence in Asheville (1970s / 80s) and Holly Boswell’s Legacy | Racial Integration in Asheville’s LGBTQ Community | Law Enforcement and LGBTQ Community in Asheville | Evolving Asheville Reputation

Outline of the Interview

Rosie describes herself and her early days in Asheville (1979-1983) | Rosie Joins the U.S. Army, 1983 | Rosie's Childhood and Musical Abilities | Rosie Realizes She Is A Lesbian in College | Facing Homophobia and Discrimination in College | Early LGBTQ Bars in Asheville (1979 to late 1980s) | Living Closeted / Living Out with Family | Developing Pride and Self Acceptance | Asheville's Early Pride Festivals, 1991 | O'Henry's, A Hub of LGBTQ Support, and Asheville's Bar History | Asheville Lesbians and Building a Downtown Mecca | Transgender Presence in Asheville (1970s / 80s) and Holly Boswell's Legacy | Racial Integration in Asheville's LGBTQ Community | Law Enforcement and LGBTQ Community in Asheville | Evolving Asheville Reputation

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