Ann Wood – Discrimination

“The wrong person picked it up.”

PFLAG was iffy. You know, one of the things that happened was that they . . . beginning back in the . . . probably in the late ‘70s, somebody was putting out the equivalent of a mimeographed paper, you know?[1] We started getting it when we were there. How, I don’t know. It would appear from some place. And then I picked up a bunch of the older ones. Grabbed them, you know. And when we were moving into the apartment from the house, I bundled them all up. I had and labeled it very carefully as to what it was and why it was archival. And I took it to the library. I took it to the wrong place, but I didn’t realize that.

I took it to the library and I handed it to somebody that said, “Oh, yes we’ll deal with this very well.” Well, apparently it got taken downstairs and put on a shelf in the basement, and then the library was remodeling something down there and they had to re-change all the rooms. They were emptying out the whole section of the basement that had all the storage in it. And the only thing I can think about, or anybody else can figure out, is that whoever did . . . the wrong person picked it up. Because they said, “There was a lot of junk in there we did toss out. But that would not have been tossed out. Should not have been tossed out.”

So the rest of the stuff that I had, I took to the [Northwest] Museum [of Arts and Culture] before we left. I took all the stuff out . . . I wrote [the PFLAG newsletter] Bridges for years, yeah. And I had all the copies of that.

[1]The Swan, published in the late 1980s.

Source: Interview with Allegra McFarland, 2 April 2012; transcribed by J. Zander; edited by Laura S. Hodgman; audio held at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, OH 975-5.