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- Sue Henry oral history interview 2, 2016 August 19
Sue Henry oral history interview 2, 2016 August 19
In this second interview Sue Henry, the owner of the Rising Moon Books & Beyond bookstore in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1991 to 1997, and the first out lesbian to run for Mayor of Charlotte in 1995, discusses the process of opening and operating her bookstore. She describes how she used the feminist model of community shared space as a model for running Rising Moon Books & Beyond, and the impact the bookstore had on the local community. She details how the bookstore provided space for events, meetings, and organizing as well as offering emotional support for community members. There were three Rising Moon Books & Beyond locations, two in Charlotte, (the first on East Blvd in Dilworth and the second in North Charlotte --NoDa-- where the store shared space with St. Ruby's Java Joint), and one in Wilmington, North Carolina. The interview concludes with a discussion about the political climate of Charlotte in relation to the LGBTQ community since the 1990s, stressing the varying success of political activism.