Interview with Christopher Wayne Wiggins, May 25, 2011

Project: Queer Appalachia Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Christopher Wiggins grew up in Corbin, Kentucky. In this interview he talks about his childhood, when he realized he was gay, and why he decided not to tell his family while he was in high school. He talks about his experiences on the school football team and his early sexual experiences.

He talks about marrying a woman and having a daughter. He talks about why the marriage ultimately ended, his happiness while in the relationship, and the friendship he rekindled with his ex-wife after the divorce. He talks about his long-term relationships after his divorce and beginning to date men. He talks about coming out to his parents after the divorce and how they both reacted.

Wiggins discusses violence and bullying in schools and why weakness makes someone more of a target than actually being gay. He talks about what it is like to visit his hometown now and his experiences at his high school reunion.

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2011oh195_quapp007

Interviewee Name

Christopher Wayne Wiggins

Interviewer Name

Zachary Clark Pence

Interview Date

2011-05-25

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Wiggins, Christopher Wayne Interview by Zachary Clark Pence. 25 May. 2011. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Wiggins, C.W. (2011, May 25). Interview by Z. C. Pence. Queer Appalachia Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Wiggins, Christopher Wayne, interview by Zachary Clark Pence. May 25, 2011, Queer Appalachia Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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