Lynn Greenough interviewed by Ree Robson
July 20, 2019
Lynn Greenough was a student at Whitman from 1982 to 1986 and was a German major. Coming to Whitman from Spokane, WA, she quickly became involved in women’s and feminist groups and issues at Whitman. Greenough developed connections to both other LGBTQ folks at Whitman as well as folks in the local community. During her time at Whitman, a small social support group for LGBTQ students formed and Greenough was a member. After leaving Whitman, she traveled before getting a job at Oregon State University, and at the time of the interview, she lived in Corvallis with her partner and daughters.
In this interview, Lynn Greenough ’86, a German Studies major, reminisces on her life as a lesbian student at Whitman. Greenough talks about her social life and the various connections she made, including a primary group of friends who came out as LGBTQ to each other during their time at Whitman. A member of Whitman Women’s Coalition, she remembers being involved in women’s and feminist programming on campus. Although there was no official LGBTQ student group at the time, she comments on the informal LGBTQ social group her friends called QUADS, going to gay dances in the Tri-Cities, and her friendship with LGBTQ ally Sharon Kaufman-Osborn, a former Whitman counselor. Greenough also thinks back on the few relationships that she had while at Whitman, and her experiences of being LGBTQ in Walla Walla. Throughout the interview, Greenough discusses how, as a young LGBTQ person in the 1980s, there was a lot of pressure not to talk about about your sexuality and that, although she didn’t hide her identity, there wasn’t much space to be openly LGBTQ at Whitman.
1 digital audio recording: 01:11:45
Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Whitman College LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Recordings and Transcripts, WCA159
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