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David Levasseur

David Levasseur, born 1958, grew up in Salem and attended Salem High School, Salem State College, and Salem State University. He also worked at the university and recently retired. He currently resides in Lynn while spending some of his time on the West Coast. David wants to see more outreach/support to LBGTQ+ elders. David Levasseur was interviewed by Professor Andrew Darien on November 2,2023. He speaks about growing up, family, changes in the LGBTQ+ community and in Salem, gay and lesbian bars, coming out, and his recent wedding.

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I was indoctrinated into being an altar boy.

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You could literally be beaten or shot at just from walking down the street.

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My brother had some trouble with it.

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We were close because we felt the same way.

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In 1977 I met my first transgender person.

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Back then everything was very separatist.

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Everybody's finally coming together.

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There is now a class system within the whole being gay or sexuality.

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A senior dinner once a month.

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These were circumstances which were incredibly extreme.

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They had a bunch of pamphlets.

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I grew up thinking there's something wrong with me.

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Don't take privileges for granted.

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There was nobody back then to explain what you were going through.

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Today's society in Salem is like P-Town North.

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I decided that it was okay to be me.

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Fran's mostly was lesbians and drag queens.

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Richard took me kind of under his wing.

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They wouldn't serve me.

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Advertisements would generally feature younger people.

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I don't know who's gay or who's not.

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After the ceremony was over, everybody applauded us.

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I'd lost a lot of friends.

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And then AIDS just completely blew up.

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Very loud voices from very few people.

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Give back to the people who have given so much to you.

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