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Cooke, Carla Manene


Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Carla Cooke interviewed by Allie Bernard, 2012 April 15

Scope and Contents

In this oral history, Carla Cooke describes her childhood in an isolated area of rural New York. The interview goes over her stifling family life, her many years working on horse ranches, and her struggles with heterosexual relationships, including a ten-year marriage which ended in a difficult divorce. Cooke describes her freeing experience of realizing her identity and coming out as well as her grappling with the term ‘lesbian’.

Dates of Materials: 2012 April 15

Documenting Lesbian Lives Oral History Project oral histories

Identifier: SSC-MS-00661
Abstract Documenting Lesbian Lives is a collection of life histories with people who consider themselves to be (presently or at one time) lesbian, queer or bisexual. The project provides a complex and nuanced collective story of American lesbian history and experience. Narrators include grassroots activists and political organizers; educators and academics; musicians, writers, and artists; as well as community and religious leaders. They come from a variety of class, ethnic, racial, social, and...
Dates of Materials: 2010-2020