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- Joan Tillotson oral history interview, 2016 June 19
Joan Tillotson oral history interview, 2016 June 19
Joan Tillotson recounts her life as a lesbian, her experiences with relationships, and her career as physical education teacher in New York and as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She discusses her formative years in New York, noting how she felt "different" from her peers, her emerging realization of her sexual orientation, her experience dating women, and the difficulties she encountered as a younger lesbian in finding satisfying relationships. Ms. Tillotson briefly talks about her involvement in the Charlotte Women's Center, where she met other lesbians, some of whom were married to men, and some who she describes as strident feminists. She also notes that she took part in a lesbian play at UNC Charlotte, but that the university was not embracing of sexual diversity until the 1990s. In addition Ms. Tillotson reminisces about being a part of a Charlotte group called Wonderful Women, a social group of mixed lesbian and heterosexual women who got together to socialize and camp in the mountains. She concludes the interview reflecting on her experience of aging, her continued interest in physical activities, and her desire to go skydiving again on her ninetieth birthday.