Michael Flannery interviewed by Anika Vučićević
April 3, 2020
Michael Flannery is a 1976 graduate from Whitman who majored in History, focused on United States history. As a student at Whitman, he joined the fraternity Beta. During the summers, he worked long hours, back home in Spokane. Flannery knew that he wanted to be a stockbroker from a fairly young age, and trained to do so after graduating from Whitman. While being a stockbroker was his main career, he also flipped houses. At the time of this interview, Flannery lived in Spokane with his husband. They retired when Flannery was fifty and have been involved in local politics while in retirement. Flannery was also a member of Whitman’s President’s Advisory Board at the time of the interview.
In the interview, Michael Flannery ‘76, a History major, reflects on his experiences as a student at Whitman and coming out in his 20s. Flannery shares his memories of living in a fraternity house, Beta Theta Pi, and spending time with his friends who were involved with theater. The interview then progresses into Flannery’s stories about his adulthood experiences, where he has to deal with the loss of a loved one, coming out as gay, divorce, working as a stockbroker, and meeting his present husband. Flannery comments on how he is living in Spokane now, where both him and his husband are involved in local politics where they pushed for more LGBTQ+ friendly legislation, and have taken part in many pride marches. Near the end of the interview, Flannery shares how he is still involved with Whitman, being a member of Whitman’s President’s Advisory Board, and how he is more than proud of what Whitman has evolved into over the decades—a place where everyone, especially the LGBTQ+ community, is welcome.
1 digital audio recording: 01:22:48
Whitman College and Northwest Archives, Whitman College LGBTQ+ Oral History Project Recordings and Transcripts, WCA159
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