Out Our Way

Out Our Way

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 courtesy of Freestock.ca and Nicolas Raymond.

Out Our Way
Creator: 
Michael Riordon
Location: 
Title Date of interview Place of interview
Susan & Julia 01/01/1990 Canada, British Columbia, Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island
Sandy & Cory 01/01/1990 Canada, British Columbia, Gulf Islands, Quadra Island
Dennis, Pete, & Chris 01/01/1990 Canada, British Columbia, Chilliwak
Jim & Jack 01/01/1994 Canada, British Columbia, Cowichan Valley
Charles 01/01/1994 Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver Island
Chris & Arne 01/01/1994 Canada, British Columbia, Vernon
Michelle, Michael, Saya, & Church 01/01/1994 Canada, British Columbia, Kelowna