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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.An Oral History$
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E. Patrick Johnson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469641102

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469641102.001.0001

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I’m Alright with Who I Am

I’m Alright with Who I Am

“Ida Mae”

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Black. Queer. Southern. Women.

E. Patrick Johnson

University of North Carolina Press

In this chapter, “Ida Mae” narrates her upbringing in Odenville, Alabama. She shares stories of experiencing childhood in a segregated town, being highly involved in the church, spending time at a local, Black, gay bar, and her family’s various reactions to her sexuality. In her narrative, she also stresses the importance of cross-dressing and experimenting with her gender presentation more often once she enrolled in college.

Keywords:   “Ida Mae”, tomboy, cross-dressing, family reaction to sexuality

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