Michael Riordon

David

The interviewee, a single, gay man, discusses how, following a life-changing inner experience, he accepted that he was gay and made learning about himself his focus.
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ca. 1990
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David
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Michael Riordon
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English
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Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

Content includes significant discussion of, or matters related to, coming out.

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.

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.

Sex and Relationships

Topic: Sex and Relationships

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Kathleen, Pamela, Tim, Roger & Renee

The interviewees (a gay male couple, a lesbian couple, and a single lesbian), who are in their twenties and attend or attended Acadia University, talk about coming to terms with their sexual identity, how out they are, who they socialize with, what their sexual identity means to them, and the experience of rural life.
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ca. 1990
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Kathleen
Pamela
Tim
Roger
Renee
Interviewer: 
Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

Content includes significant discussion of, or matters related to, coming out.

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.

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.

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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Sheila

The interviewee, a geologist, describes her relationships with women, same-sex couple parenting, and taking part in the effort (successful) to amending the New Brunswick Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation as prohibited grounds for discrimination.
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ca. 1990
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Sheila
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Michael Riordon
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English
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Activism and Social Justice

Topic: Activism and Social Justice

Content includes discussion of matters related to activism and social justice, including but not limited to: political and social movements; activist work; community organizing; and protests and demonstrations.

Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

Content includes significant discussion of, or matters related to, coming out.

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.

Politics and Law

Politics and Law

Content includes significant discussion of political and legal issues and work, including: political careers; political movements and protests; legal battles and court cases; and specific important and/or historic laws and rulings.

Sex and Relationships

Topic: Sex and Relationships

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Freeman

A gay man who returned to the rural area of his childhood talks about his parents, how he got into photography, and meaningful experiences that emerged while leading photography workshops.
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ca. 1990
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Freeman
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Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Arts and Culture

Topic: Arts and Culture

Content includes discussion of making, consuming, and interacting with art and culture, including: art; literature; theatre; reading; movies and film; pop culture, etc.

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.

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.

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.

Work

Topic: Work

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Jeff

The interviewee, a young gay man who lives at home in a rural area, describes his gay relationships, coming out to his parents, and how he has changed.
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ca. 1994
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Jeff
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Michael Riordon
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English
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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.

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.

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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Gerry and Bruce

Two gay men discuss rural life and their relationship. One interviewee tells of how, after the social life he led in cities, he returned home to his village, started a business, and came out, and he feels accepted.
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Date of interview: 
1994
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Gerry
Bruce
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Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Childhood

Topic: Childhood

Content includes significant discussion of: being a child and growing up; adolescence; experiences from one’s life during these times; and topics related to coming of age.

Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

Content includes significant discussion of, or matters related to, coming out.

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.

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.

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.

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Tom and Don

Tom and Don, a couple who have been together for eighteen years, talk about their moves, multiple houses, and real estate ventures, including their departure of the city for a farm in rural Ontario and then their move to rural Nova Scotia. They also discuss their journeys of self-discovery, their families, their relationship, and differences of community acceptance and support in urban and rural settings.
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ca. 1990
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Tom
Don
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Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Coming Out

Topic: Coming Out

Content includes significant discussion of, or matters related to, coming out.

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.

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.

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.

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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Ken

Ken discusses his life as a gay man who came out late in life, after a marriage and three children, and his time in the military, his friendships, his relationships, and his experiences with dating. He discusses his desire for a monogamous relationship based on friendship, and the loneliness he feels as an older gay man in rural Nova Scotia, and his concern that he may not find companionship.
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ca. 1990
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Ken
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Michael Riordon
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English
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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.

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.

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.

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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Patrick, Matt, Roger, Nancy, and David

Two gay men who are partners, two single gay men, and a lesbian, who all live in rural areas, talk about topics including the development of their sexual identities, claiming spousal benefits, and violence in schools.
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Date of interview: 
1994
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Patrick
Matt
Roger
Nancy
David
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Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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Discrimination

Topic: Discrimination

Content includes significant discussion of experiences of discrimination and harassment of all kinds, including: homophobia; assault; legal and institutionalized discrimination; censorship; surveillance; and responses to discrimination.

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.

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.

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.

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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Steven

A gay man discusses his life in the rural village where he grew up in a close-knit family; having seasonal employment there and spending winters in cities; his struggles to reconcile his Roman Catholic roots and his gay identity; and the sense of belonging he feels in Cape Breton versus his desire to experience the “gay world,” an outside world that he sees as urban.
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Date of interview: 
1994
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Steven
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Michael Riordon
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Audio
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English
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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