LGBTQIA+ Oral History Archives

Zeke Christopolous

Zeke has been at the forefront of the fight for transgender rights in Western North Carolina and in local discussions about the centrality of bar culture in the LGBTQ community. He describes his deep commitment to faith and to family.

Interview Date:  May 8, 2019

Interviewer:  Rachel Muir

Interview Length (HH:MM): 00:59

Topics Covered: Advocacy / Activism / Politics | Bar Culture | Community Needs / Services | Health / Healthcare / HIV/AIDS | LGBTQ Childhoods | LGBTQ Faith & Spirituality | LGBTQ at School | Self-Acceptance / Depression / Inner Struggles

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Introduction | Moved to Asheville in 2000 | Changes in Asheville’s Reputation as Inclusive and HB 2 | LGBTQ+ Gathering In and Beyond Bar Culture | Future for LGBTQ+ Community in Asheville | Zeke’s Young Life | Otherness In Childhood and Wanting to be a Boy | Ancestors and Family in “Two Senses of the Word” | Faith Communities in Asheville and Formative LGBTQ+ Organizations (2001-2004) | Faith Experience in Asheville and Training for LGBTQ+ Inclusion | Healthcare and Health Issues in WNC | Educational History and Search for Identity | Social Activism and Educational LGBTQ+ Advocacy Work | Good and Bad Experiences with Social Services and Housing Insecurities

Outline of the Interview

Introduction | Moved to Asheville in 2000 | Changes in Asheville's Reputation as Inclusive and HB 2 | LGBTQ+ Gathering In and Beyond Bar Culture | Future for LGBTQ+ Community in Asheville | Zeke's Young Life | Otherness In Childhood and Wanting to be a Boy | Ancestors and Family in "Two Senses of the Word" | Faith Communities in Asheville and Formative LGBTQ+ Organizations (2001 | Faith Experience in Asheville and Training for LGBTQ+ Inclusion | Healthcare and Health Issues in WNC | Educational History and Search for Identity | Social Activism and Educational LGBTQ+ Advocacy Work | Good and Bad Experiences with Social Services and Housing Insecurities

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