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Michael Riordon

This collection consists of recordings of the oral history interviews undertaken for Michael Riordon’s book Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country (Between the Lines, 1996). In the preface to Out Our Way, Riordon writes: “When mainstream culture notices gay and lesbian folk, it tends to see us as urban” (xi). The interviews and the resulting book seek to combat that: Riordon travelled around rural areas across all provinces of Canada to interview LGBTQ people in about their lives, relationships, identities, and communities in the countryside, on farms, and in small towns. These interviews were all recorded on audio cassettes and were used as the source material for Riordon’s book. Riordon donated the cassettes to ALOT in 2014, along with the cassettes of interviews for his book Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side (Between the Lines, 2001). These cassettes have been digitized by ALOT, and the oral history interviews are gradually being made available here on the ALOT site.

There are 175 audio cassettes in this collection; the interviews posted here are only the first batch to be processed, and the remaining interviews will be posted as they come available, as well as the Eating Fire interviews. Only some interviews currently have transcripts and these will be posted as they become available. Please contact us if you have any questions about the other interviews in the collection, or any concerns about the interviews posted here. Interviewees frequently use pseudonyms, and the decision was made not to provide any interviewees’ last names, when they were given, in the metadata.

Photo Credit: "Cabot Trail Scenic Route - HDR" (CC BY 2.0) by ♡ dare to share beauty

Out Our Way

Titlesort ascending Date of interview Place of interview
Willard, Janice, and Danny 1990-01-01 Canada, Prince Edward Island
W. 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Tom and Don 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Steven 1994-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton
Sheila 1990-01-01 Canada, New Brunswick
Robert 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Patrick, Matt, Roger, Nancy, and David 1994-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Pam 1990-01-01 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Michael 1990-01-01 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Lyn, Kim, and Jamie 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Leith 1994-01-01 Canada, Prince Edward Island
Ken 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Kathleen, Pamela, Tim, Roger & Renee 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
June and Judy 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
John 1990-01-01 Canada, Nova Scotia
Jim 1990-01-01 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Jeff 1994-01-01 Canada, New Brunswick
Jason, Richard, Allie, Andrew 1990-01-01 Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador
Gerry and Bruce 1994-01-01 Canada, New Brunswick
Freeman 1990-01-01 Canada, New Brunswick