In this interview, Hays Burchfield discusses his life as a gay man and lawyer living in the state of Mississippi. Burchfield talks about his childhood in Vicksburg and Eupora, MS, his time as a student at the University of Mississippi, and his experience coming out of the closet. He then talks about living in Washington, DC, his time as a reporter in Virginia and North Carolina, and his eventual choice to move back to Mississippi to attend law school at the University of Mississippi. Finally, Burchfield talks about his law practice in Eupora, his marriage to Josh Whitlock at the University of Mississippi’s Paris-Yates Chapel, and running for the county attorney of Webster County, which was ultimately unsuccessful. This interview was conducted as a part of the Queer Mississippi Oral History Project through a grant from the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Mississippi, in partnership with the Invisible Histories Project, in 2019.
Burchfield, Hays and Schultz, David Hooper, "Burchfield, Hays" (2019). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 2.