Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Lauren Ward


Introduction to LGBTQ Studies: Interview with Lauren Ward


Sexual Minorities -- Nebraska -- Omaha
Queer Omaha Archives
Oral Histories (document genre)


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An oral history interview with Lauren Ward concerning her status as a white, gay woman, her experiences in LGBTQ communities in multiple states, her work at the Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) Center at Creighton University, and the issues surrounding the second-parent adoption of her daughter, was conducted by Angelina Mangiamelli and Jake Teitge on November 1, 2016. At the time of the interview, Laruen Ward was the Associate Director of Prevention Education and Inclusion at Creighton University. Ward earned a B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. degree from Florida Atlantic University. She worked as a lecturer and adjunct professor at several universities and directed and managed many projects related to sexual violence education. The interview was conducted as part of a project for Professor Jay Irwin's Fall 2016 Sociology 3700: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies course.

Ward began the interview describing her early life in New York and initially coming out as bisexual when she was a teenager. She then described coming out fully when attending Penn State and joining an LBTA sorority and connecting with the community. Ward also discussed her experiences with homophobia and gay-bashing while in college. Ward later detailed meeting her wife and some of the stigmas they have faced when asked to explain their marriage and pregnancy. Ward concluded the interview by detailing the struggles of second parent adoption.


2016 November 17


University of Nebraska at Omaha Libraries


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Angelina Mangiamelli
Jake Teitge


Lauren Ward




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