Diane Lantz – Silence/Passing

“They won’t talk to you.”

I was raising children. I wasn’t out. It was in the ‘80s I came out. Well, actually, I just came out, what? Two years ago, publicly. But with my family I came out in the ‘80s. People [at work] of course knew, because you can’t have the same person bringing you to work for 25 years without them [knowing]. But it wasn’t spoken. It wasn’t talked about.

We know people who are in bands that have traveled all over these small [Washington] communities. They are all lesbian and they’ve been doing it for years. And [lesbians are] also in the softball teams . . . Metaline Falls, all of that . . . We know lots of people that have stories, but they won’t talk to you.

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