Interview with Mikayla Drost, July 21, 2018

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Title:
Interview with Mikayla Drost, July 21, 2018
Interviewer:
Mielcarek, Alexandra
Interviewee:
Drost, Mikayla
Date:
2018-07-21
Description:
Mikayla Drost begins by describing her childhood in Lugoff, South Carolina. She did not grow up in a religious household but, through a friend, began attending Mormon (Church of the Latter Day Saints) services and events. She found contentment and many positive experiences within this community, but details the shunning visited upon a friend of hers within the group who came out as lesbian. In her town, there was not a very visible gay presence, and the one woman neighbor suspected of being gay was the object of derision and disrespect. Drost, who describes herself as bisexual, but prefers the term “queer” due to negative associations with “bisexual”, always was aware of her sexual orientation. Upon leaving home to attend the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, she found a larger more accepting community and it was easier to come to terms with herself and others. Her breakup with another woman sparked her coming-out to her parents. In college she enjoyed being a bit different in her sorority and she speaks of there being little pressure on her of how to act once she came out. She remarks that she often deliberately presented in stereotypically lesbian manner, allowing her to assert her identity without having to verbalize it. She replies to questions regarding how her generation’s views on gender, sexuality and reproduction differ from those of her of her parents and she states what she sees the challenges facing the LGBTQ community. She specifically mentions many trans issues and comments on her politically active life, in which she regularly contacts her elected representatives on a variety of environmental and other issues.
Collection:
LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry Oral Histories
Contributing Institution:
College of Charleston Libraries
Media Type:
audio/mpeg
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
Topical Subject:
Coming out(Sexual orientation), Gay-straight alliances in schools, Bisexual women, Bisexual college students
Geographic Subject:
Lugoff (S.C.), Charleston (S.C.)
Language:
English
Shelving Locator:
MSS LGBTQ-OH-002
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
audio/mpeg
Digitization Specifications:
Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are wav files.
Copyright Status Statement:
Copyright © College of Charleston Libraries.
Access Information:
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