Queer Mississippi (Complete Collection)

Document Type



Media is loading

Publication Date



Tupelo (Miss.)


In this interview, Moe Kirk Bristow discusses her early life in Tupelo, including meeting Mike Birchfield, a gay man and drag queen in the 1970s who introduced her to gay life and bars in Tupelo, Mississippi. She describes the climate for LGBT people in Tupelo in the 1970s and 80s, reflecting on the AIDS crisis and her work, with her then-husband William Bristow, providing care to gay men that they knew. Moe goes on to talk about her coming out as a lesbian, and her relationship with her wife, Peggy Hurley, who later died of stomach cancer. Finally, Moe talks about her grandchild’s journey as a questioning trans person and their search for more information through informal networks in Mississippi. 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 the summer of 2019.

Relational Format

audio recording




Additional files include: abstract, data sheet, field notes, photo, audio file, research, tape log. Transcript is available on request.


In copyright. For permission to duplicate, repost, or otherwise re-use these images, please contact the Invisible Histories Project: Mississippi.

Bristow, Moe_Abstract.docx (12 kB)

Bristow, Moe_Data Sheet.docx (7 kB)
Data Sheet

Bristow, Moe_Field Notes.docx (17 kB)
Field Notes

Bristow, Moe_Tape Log.docx (17 kB)
Tape Log

Bristow, Moe_Photo.jpg (2875 kB)
Photo of Moe Bristow