I guess I knew Spokane was closeted, but we were so used to how it was back in Minnesota. We went back there twice a year. Our need to be with a gay community was [met] there. Then we’d just kind of live on that for the next six months, until we could go [to Minnesota] again. Anyhow, that’s what I probably see as one of the biggest historical failures in Spokane: the gay community has never been organized enough, in some ways, to protect each other. Secondly, [it wasn’t organized enough] to really give the youth that are coming up some good examples. To give them some role models—and all of those kinds of things that young people need to take a look at, so then they can choose. They need a variety of role models. Then they can look and say, “Okay, I want to take that from that person,” and “that from that person.” That’s not happening from what I can tell, so far [in 2006].
Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson on 13 December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.