Queer Mississippi (Complete Collection)


Miller, Pat

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Abbeville (Miss.)


In this interview, Pat Miller discusses growing up closeted in Oxford, Mississippi, and later living there as an out lesbian with her wife, Gail Stratton. She mentions her relationships with women and her husband before getting together with Gail, and she describes in detail the story of her relationship with Gail and the challenges she faced divorcing her husband to be with Gail, which were compounded by the fact that she had a young son at the time. Pat explains why it was important to her and Gail that they get married for both personal and legal reasons. She shares how she and Gail try to push the envelope in their communities by doing things from working with the Oxford PFLAG group to marching in Oxford’s first pride parade in 1992 to simply resolving to be an out couple. She describes finding community through the Lesbian Connections publication in the 1990s, and later through the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Oxford. Major themes include the strength of her relationship with Gail and their desire to be treated like everyone else, regardless of their sexuality.

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audio recording




Additional files include: data sheet, photo, audio file, newspaper articles from the Oxford Eagle and the Daily Mississippian. Transcript is available on request.


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