Oral History with Helene Vachon, February 9, 2019 (Ms2019-001)

Title

Oral History with Helene Vachon, February 9, 2019 (Ms2019-001)

Description

In this interview, Helene talks about realizing her sexuality in Catholic school in the early 1970s and her time as a lesbian at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s. She talks about the difficulty being out while keeping that part of her life separate from her studies and work in animal sciences and how important the Gay Student Alliance was for her. She goes on to talk about her experience of Denim Day in 1979 while living both out and closeted on the Virginia Tech campus.

Abstract

In this interview, Helene talks about realizing her sexuality in Catholic school in the early 1970s and her time as a lesbian at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s.

Date

Date Created

2019-02-09

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection must adhere to the CC BY-NC 4.0 license and credit Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Language

English

Identifier

Ms2019-001_HeleneVachon

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Oral History with Helene Vachon, February 9, 2019 (Ms2019-001), Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Player

Interviewer

Joe Forte

Interviewee

Helene Vachon

Production Team

Slade Lellock, Videographer

Location

Newman Library, Blacksburg, VA

Duration

1:06:02

Compression

MPEG-4

Frame Rate

23.976

Display Resolution

3840x2160

Citation

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, “Oral History with Helene Vachon, February 9, 2019 (Ms2019-001),” VT Special Collections Online, accessed March 21, 2019, http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/items/show/10110.