Maxx Fidalgo interviewed by Clara Redmond
March 5, 2020
A 2018 graduate from Whitman College, Maxx Fidalgo is from a large Azorean-Portuguese immigrant family. Growing up in Massachusetts, he came out pretty young to close family and friends. At Whitman, Fidalgo was heavily involved in the Theatre department despite not being a major or a minor. He was also a GLBTQ intern. Since graduating Whitman, Fidalgo has published a story in the anthology American Gothic: Short Stories.
In this interview, Maxx Fidalgo ‘18 shares a lot of his thoughts about the queer community at Whitman during his student years. Starting by commenting on his childhood, he discusses his family life and coming out as a trans guy gradually throughout his teen and young adult years. At Whitman, Fidalgo was heavily involved in the Theatre department as well as interning for GLBTQ. He reflects on the support that the queer community provided him, especially the mentorship of Prof. Susanne Beechey, her husband, and staff member Kyle Martz. However, Fidalgo also discusses that problems that Whitman’s queer community had and how there can be toxic people anywhere. He talks about his own role as a leader in the Whitman community and his attempts to provide a safe and welcoming space for all students. Throughout the interview, Fidalgo comments on his experiences as a trans guy at Whitman, like being placed in Prentiss (the all girls dorm) but finding it surprisingly comfortable, being misgendered and dealing with homophobia and transphobia both from within Whitman and off-campus.
1 digital audio recording: 01:35:45
Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Whitman College LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Recordings and Transcripts, WCA159
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