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Pat Gozemba

Pat Gozemba, born in 1940, is a lesbian, activist, and academic who lives in Salem. She was a founding member of a lesbian and gay archive in Boston, The History Project, and interviewed patrons of Fran’s Place in the early 1980s. A former English and Women's Studies professor, Pat is active in environmental causes. Pat was interviewed by Professor Andrew Darien on September 1st, 2023. She speaks about growing up in Waltham, coming out with a former student at Salem State, and divorcing the man she married. Other topics include feminism, her activism for equality and equity, and the importance of seeing a professor who was out to her students.

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Equity and giving the working class guy a chance.

Pat Gozemba

I accepted the word tomboy.

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My own willingness to be very out.

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Getting married to a man.

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I came out with a former student of mine.

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Students were in deep pain about being lesbian or gay.

Pat Gozemba

A union contract protections for LGBT people.

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Coming out to her was such a disgrace.

Pat Gozemba

I was at the earliest gay pride celebration.

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It was really important for students to know.

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We went into Fran's dressed as nuns and the bar went crazy.

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I do not want to identify as either a butch or femme.

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My identity wasn't to be in that marriage.

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Waiting for people to come out and beating them up.

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There was a lot of violence.

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Cherish that community and share it with other people.

Pat Gozemba

Equity and giving the working class guy a chance.

Pat Gozemba

My mother was having this affair with a priest.

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My own willingness to be very out.

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I was was involved in forming the union at Salem State.

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We were afire with feminism.

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Man-hating dykes.

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Coming out to her was such a disgrace.

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You're a menace around young people.

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North Shore Gay Alliance.

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Fran's was always a lot of fun.

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If I had come out when I was in high school...

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They were military folks who were gay.

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There were some people of color.

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The term "LGBTQ+" is awkward.

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Drag being outlawed totally.

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