I was very out in L.A., but then I moved to Missoula. I wasn’t quite sure what to do. There was a bit of a community there, and I kind of connected to the community, but it was not very out there—just privately. Then, when I moved to Spokane . . . not knowing anybody here . . . I moved to Missoula knowing friends. When I moved to Spokane I knew nobody, so that was definitely new territory for me. I kind of walked back into the closet for the first couple of years. Until I figured it out.
I didn’t go way back in the closet when I came here. I went back into the closet just in the way of visibility and not participating. And then, when I got my own business, I said “Screw this. I am not going to be hiding from anybody.” That’s probably one of the reasons why I decided to work for myself as well. I was not going to go to another company and then, step another foot back into the closet, then open the door just a little bit . . .
Source: Interview with Maureen Nickerson, December 2006, held at the Northwest Museum for Arts and Culture.