The more out we are, the more mainstream we will become. The more out we are, the less shocking it will be to non-gay people.
I work at the Spokesman Review. I am a supervisor for their shipping/receiving department. Even though I’d been there 26 years, people assumed [that I am a lesbian]. People ask other people, “Is she a lesbian?” I think once [the story of our lawsuit] hit the papers, it was a relief to these people. They thought, “Now I know for sure.” And “Diane is just Diane. She doesn’t change.” I had people come up to me and make comments that I least expected. You know, “Good for you. It takes a lot of guts to do what you’re doing.” It was just unbelievable. People that I thought would come running up to me didn’t. It’s been very interesting. I think as much as it freed me, it freed them, because there are not secrets now. It’s been a very positive experience for me. I’m very happy I did it. I would recommend it. [Laughs.]
Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson in December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.