Diane Lantz – Activism

“That was the best experience.”

People of our generation now are very similar to us, but they are not involved in anything. They’re involved in their own lives, children, and grandchildren, blah, blah, blah. They don’t take a stand on anything. We’ve asked them to. I’ve sent them the notifications, you know, “Please stand up for Tracy [Sturchio]” and that sort of thing, but they’re too involved in their own little lives.[1] I think so many lived it so many years ago that they’re tired. They think they’ve done their job.

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Because we were going to [speak at a church in] rural Deer Park, there [initially] was a fear factor. I was a little nervous. We shared soup and bread with them. They put us in chairs in front of their congregation. The gal [from the church] said, “Where would you ladies like to sit?” And I said, “As close to the door as I can get!” [Laughs.] She said, “Not one person will come near you, because they’ll get my fist in their face.” So then I felt really secure. [The members of that congregation] had no idea, what [rights] we have, what we don’t have as a couple. They were just astounded. We were so nervous when we got there. I think, because we were so nervous, it was kind of a comedy routine. It certainly wasn’t anything we planned. It just happened that way. That kind of broke the ice. That was the best experience out of this whole thing for me.

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We were under the impression that [our marriage in Canada] would be recognized [in Washington state]. Our United States Constitution says that any marriage, legal marriage, performed in another country would be recognized. Well, it was legal in Canada, and to bring it back into the United States would have been legal had Bill Clinton had not passed the [DOMA].

[1]A transgender woman, Sturchio faced discrimination at work; “Uncertainty Follows Sturchio Rally,” Stonewall News Northwest, 27 November 2006.

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Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson in December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.