- Bonnie Morris
, as interviewed by Rebecca Day.
We are delighted toÂ publicizeÂ the full transcript of Dr. Bonnie Morris's
recent oral history interview.
Dr. Morris, a local writer and professor, provides a vivid personal and political narrative: from her birth on May 14, 1961 (the day on whichÂ "the Freedom Riders arrived in Birmingham, Alabama and were set on fire") to present.
early life experiences, herÂ coming out, her
work, and her
political and cultural involvement.
The interview is a terrific example ofÂ the ways in which ourÂ oral history collectionÂ contributes color and texture to the history of our community.
Thanks to Rainbow History volunteer Rebecca Day for her terrific work collecting, transcribing and cataloging this interview, and to Dr. Morris for sharing her stories.
The WashingtonianÂ (external link) recently featured Rainbow History board member Dr. Bonnie Morris
in Harrison Smith's article "What Happened to DCâ€™s Lesbian Spaces?
In this terrific interview-style article, Dr. Morris
discusses the swift disappearance of cultural spaces for lesbians in the D.C. area.
Dr. Morris, who teaches women's studies at Georgetown and GW, has spoken up about this issue at Rainbow History's recent public panel, Lost Lesbian Spaces,Â now available as an audio recordingÂ in our online collections.
is currently working on a book on the topic, entitledÂ The Disappearing L.