56 year old female Adult Learning/Guidance Worker from Dundee
Question 1. In what kind of place did you grow up? (e.g. village, small town, city) Do you still live there now?
I grew up in a City which has a village atmosphere, everyone knowing someone that you know.
Question 2. How would you describe your sexual orientation?
I am a lesbian feminist
Question 3. What were the best and worst things to happen to you at school?
I was called a lezzie at college by boys who I'd rejected but wasn't actually one then.
Question 4. Do you ever have to conceal any aspect of your personal life? Give an example.
i concealed my lesbianism from my children and family for many years. I socialised on the lesbian scene but lied to my children and said I was going to a straight pub. It was quite an effort to live two lives.
Question 5. Do your friends and family know about your sexuality/gender? If you have come out, give an idea of when this was and of how people responded.
I told my children about 20years ago and my ex husband about 15 years ago. My family all know and have met my partner and my children always include her in activities. I wrote a letter to my sister and put it in her letterbox one Saturday evening then realised that as the next day was Sunday she probably wouldn't check her box. I gave her until the next morning to see if she had phoned (she did and was ok about it)
Question 6. Do you experience discrimination in everyday life? If so, give an example.
I haven't really suffered any discrimination as I don't look like a stereotypical lesbian.
Question 7. Who is likely to be more hostile to you and who is the most supportive of you in your life?
I am an Adult learning Worker and am not out to most of my learners as I know they have quite bigoted views. All my family, colleagues and friends are most supportive. My colleagues didn't really know any lesbians before me so I like to think that me talking about my partner has made it more 'normal' for them. One colleague's son has recently come out so she is able to talk to me about it.