Generational Effects

For all residents, living in Spokane today is very different than it was in the 1960s-70s. This is where narrators comment on changes they have witnessed as members of the LGBT community. Some of our narrators also reflect on how life for LGBT youth today compares to their own youthful experiences.

Marge Ballack                     “They are no different than we were.”
Joe Bloom                            “I’ll never be a young man.”
Helen Bonser                       “Now other tactics are required.”

Ted Clark                               “Where do you go to get information?”
David Cornelius                   “Places that didn’t have signs . . . ”
Ann Marie Floch                  “Spokane is . . . being forced to change.”
Maria H.-Peck                      “Kids are still harassed in school.”

Christopher Lawrence      “I was still young and adventurous.”
Dean Lynch                           “I don’t recall suicide being a big issue.”
Lenard Mace                        “Younger people can come out at an earlier age.”

Linda McKitrick                  “In the ‘60s, they didn’t have a name for that.”
Gene Otto                              “People didn’t have books to say, ‘I’m okay.’”
Craig Peterson                     “I can be a rock star.”
Deena Romoff                      “It’s so wild what’s happening.”

Larry Stone                            “We have everything we need.”
Paul Tiesse                            “They’re pretty uninhibited.”
Katie Urbanek                      “People are beginning to know that there are gay people.”
Kim Winchester                   “Parents can not interfere.”