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LGBTQ+ Voices: Interview with Shari Baumer

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00:00:00 - Introduction 00:00:30 - Childhood

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Segment Synopsis: 00:30: Childhood; 2:20: Mexican and Native American background; 4:35: Moving to Omaha in first grade; 5:38: Family's obsession with image

00:08:30 - Parents

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Segment Synopsis: 10:13: Mother's mental illness; 13:00: Parents' divorce

00:18:00 - Creighton University 00:21:04 - Work at Mutual of Omaha 00:24:40 - Mother's abuse 00:26:28 - Alcoholism 00:29:47 - Mother's cancer diagnosis, death 00:35:51 - Reconnecting with father 00:37:44 - Therapy and sobriety 00:43:56 - Sexuality 00:46:34 - Meeting wife, Mary Anne 00:49:31 - Moving to Mendocino, California 00:51:52 - PTSD and anger problems 00:56:00 - Finding a therapist in Omaha 00:58:19 - Omaha LGBTQ+ community 01:03:21 - Working for CHI Health 01:05:20 - Seeing Father again 01:11:09 - Finding birth family 01:20:49 - Strokes 01:23:30 - Reconnecting with Mexican and Native American heritage

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Segment Synopsis: 1:27:03: Seeing mother's and sister's pictures

01:29:58 - Awareness of sexuality in youth 01:33:32 - Taking Mary Anne to meet extended family 01:35:44 - Visiting aunt 01:37:14 - Political involvement and feminist movement 01:39:15 - Meeting other LGBTQ+ people 01:42:09 - Marrying Mary Anne 01:45:09 - Coming out at work 01:47:24 - Children and grandchildren 02:02:38 - Reflection questions 02:04:03 - Last thoughts