Oral History with Beth Benoit, April 4, 2019 (Ms2019-001)

Title

Oral History with Beth Benoit, April 4, 2019 (Ms2019-001)

Description

In this interview, Beth Benoit talks about computer science classes and the campus climate for gay men and lesbians at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She recounts how it felt to come out publicly in the school paper while having family in Blacksburg and the effect that coming out had on her career prospects regarding government computer science jobs. She then discusses how different things are today for her children, her observations of Denim Day in 1979, and the legal issues and societal acceptance of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.

Content Warning: Brief description of violence and homophobia.

Abstract

An interview with Beth Benoit about her life and her experiences as a lesbian at Virginia Tech.

Date

Date Created

2019-04-04

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_BethBenoit

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Oral History with Beth Benoit, April 4, 2019 (Ms2019-001), Denim Day 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Interviewer

Evan Robohm

Narrator

Beth Benoit

Location

Holtzman Alumni Center, Blacksburg, VA

Duration

23:35

Compression

H.264

Frame Rate

29.97

Display Resolution

1920x1080

Citation

Special Collections, Virginia Tech, “Oral History with Beth Benoit, April 4, 2019 (Ms2019-001),” VT Special Collections and University Archives Online, accessed October 3, 2022, https://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/items/show/17894.