In this interview, Lena Conwill discusses her life as an out lesbian in the state of Mississippi. Conwill talks about her childhood in Itawamba county, a troubling home life, her battle with addiction, and her career in a treatment facility. She later discusses a tumultuous relationship with her ex, her marriage to Julia “Star” Newsom, the Starting Over coffee shop, Rumors bar, and LGBTQ life in Tupelo, 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 2019.
Conwill, Lena and Shappley, Maddie, "Conwill, Lena" (2019). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 9.