Michael Riordon

Liz, Beth, & Susan

Two lesbians who are partners contrast their previous working life, as co-owners of a city bookstore, to their life in retirement on one of the Gulf Islands, and talk about adjusting to island life; the third interviewee, a lesbian, tells about moving to the island at a time of transition in her personal relationships.
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[early 1990s]
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Beth
Liz
Susan
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
Language: 
English
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Work

Topic: Work

Content includes significant discussion of all types of labour and work, including: careers; unpaid or volunteer labour; emotional labour; sex work; activist or community work; and domestic/household work.

Spaces

Topic: Spaces

Content includes significant discussion of physical (and sometimes conceptual) spaces and locales including: urban spaces and life; rural spaces and life; private/domestic spaces; the home; neighbourhoods and ghettos; and semi-private or semi-public spaces such as women’s bookshops, community spaces, and land/living collectives.

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John

A gay man who lives on Salt Spring Island talks about the oppressive religious atmosphere of his childhood in rural Scotland, how he makes a living on the island, and his preference in sexual relationships.
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1994
Interviewee: 
John
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Spaces

Topic: Spaces

Content includes significant discussion of physical (and sometimes conceptual) spaces and locales including: urban spaces and life; rural spaces and life; private/domestic spaces; the home; neighbourhoods and ghettos; and semi-private or semi-public spaces such as women’s bookshops, community spaces, and land/living collectives.

Sex and Relationships

Topic: Sex and Relationships

Content includes significant discussion of all matters related to sex, sexuality, and relationships (other than familial relationships with parents or children), including: friendships; marriage; divorce; relationship models, etc.

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Bill

The interviewee, a gay man in his fifties, describes gay parenting, gay activism in the Catholic Church, and his current volunteer activities in the island community.
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Date of interview: 
May 04, [early 1990s]
Interviewee: 
Bill
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Religion and Spirituality

Topic: Religion and Spirituality

Content includes significant discussion of aspects of religion and spirituality, including: specific religions or places of worship; the role and/or effect of religion or spirituality in one’s life; and spirituality and spiritual practices.

Family

Topic: Family

Content includes significant discussion of matters related to family, including: one’s relationships with their family members; having and raising children; the experience of having a non-heteronormative/non-traditional family.

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Annie

A business person and lesbian interviewee who grew up in a settlement in northern Ontario, talks about rebelling at school, recovery from alcoholism, and "giving back" to the island community by serving on the ambulance team.
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[early 1990s]
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Annie
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.21
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Community

Topic: Community

Content includes significant discussion of: finding and/or being part of a community; community organizing or organizations; community building; or the relationships between communities.

Mind and Body

Topic: Mind and Body

Content includes, but is not limited to, significant discussion of matters related to: health and wellness; the physical body; mental health and illness; substance abuse and addiction; and psychiatry and therapy.

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Allan & Marek

Two gay men who are partners talk about coming to terms with their gay identity, and, speak with quiet sureness about their decision to move from a city (Vancouver) to the country (Galiano Island).
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Date of interview: 
[early 1990s]
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Allan
Marek
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.26
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Spaces

Topic: Spaces

Content includes significant discussion of physical (and sometimes conceptual) spaces and locales including: urban spaces and life; rural spaces and life; private/domestic spaces; the home; neighbourhoods and ghettos; and semi-private or semi-public spaces such as women’s bookshops, community spaces, and land/living collectives.

Community

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Kelly

A gay man who grew up in isolated island communities, who is a school bus driver and ambulance driver for the island community in which he and his male partner live, discusses community land use, union same-sex benefits, and his recovery from alcohol abuse.
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Date of interview: 
[early 1990s]
Interviewee: 
Kelly
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.26
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Community

Topic: Community

Content includes significant discussion of: finding and/or being part of a community; community organizing or organizations; community building; or the relationships between communities.

Mind and Body

Topic: Mind and Body

Content includes, but is not limited to, significant discussion of matters related to: health and wellness; the physical body; mental health and illness; substance abuse and addiction; and psychiatry and therapy.

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Wayne

The founder of a gay AA group, who lives in the village in northern NB where he grew up, talks about realizing that being gay wasn’t considered acceptable by those around him, recovering from alcoholism, and his appreciation for the natural world. In part two of the interview, another gay man who is present has different views than Wayne about what it means to him to be gay, and, about acceptance by the non-gay community. [Note to the listener: some parts of this interview are unclear]
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Date of interview: 
[1994?]
Interviewee: 
Wayne
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
Language: 
English
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Rights: 
Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.17
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None
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Spaces

Topic: Spaces

Content includes significant discussion of physical (and sometimes conceptual) spaces and locales including: urban spaces and life; rural spaces and life; private/domestic spaces; the home; neighbourhoods and ghettos; and semi-private or semi-public spaces such as women’s bookshops, community spaces, and land/living collectives.

Mind and Body

Topic: Mind and Body

Content includes, but is not limited to, significant discussion of matters related to: health and wellness; the physical body; mental health and illness; substance abuse and addiction; and psychiatry and therapy.

Identity

Topic: Identity

Content includes significant discussion of identity/ies (including gender, sexual, racial, religious, and class) and how one self-identifies, and/or significant discussion of the process of finding or determining one’s identity/ies.

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Robert

A single gay man talks about being forced to play a role in his parents’ divorce, discovering his sexuality, and being gay in a small town.
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Date of interview: 
[1994?]
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Robert
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.17
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Sex and Relationships

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Family

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Laurent & Robert

Two gay men who are partners talk about dealing with alcoholism, and how their involvement in a local gay & lesbian organization has expanded their social network.
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Date of interview: 
[1994?]
Interviewee: 
Laurent
Robert
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
Format: 
Audio
Language: 
English
Place of interview: 
Rights: 
Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.17
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Work

Topic: Work

Content includes significant discussion of all types of labour and work, including: careers; unpaid or volunteer labour; emotional labour; sex work; activist or community work; and domestic/household work.

Social Life

Topic: Social Life

Content includes significant discussion of all aspects of both public or private social life, leisure, and recreation, such as: social gatherings; events; nightlife; partying; clubs; sports; and bars/bar culture.

Mind and Body

Topic: Mind and Body

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Ann & Janine

Married, with children, but wondering about their possible attraction to women; living in a small town; so unhappy in the marriage that they'd separated from their husbands: two middle-aged women with circumstances in common, each of whom earnestly “wanted to meet somebody just to talk,” met, and their lives as lesbians began.
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Date of interview: 
1994
Interviewee: 
Ann
Janine
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
Language: 
English
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Donor retains copyright / CC BY-NC 4.16
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Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

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Identity

Topic: Identity

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