Oral history interview with Bill Hull, June 21, 2001

Oral history interview with Bill Hull, June 21, 2001

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Creator:Hull, Bill, 1945-
Creator:McGinnis, Chris
Title:Oral history interview with Bill Hull, June 21, 2001
Date:2001 June 21
Description:

Because he and all of his siblings were gay men, Bill Hull felt his sexuality was not unusual. Nonetheless, discretion was vital to southern gay men, say Hull. Public acknowledgement of homosexuality could result in economic recrimination or physical violence. He describes his coming-out experience as a teenager and the impact the liberating Chapel Hill atmosphere had on gay males. His experiences at the University of North Carolina and his participation in the local civil rights movement further awakened his sexual and social consciousness. Hull explains how the civil rights movement served as the basis for the later gay rights movement. He points to dominant gay personalities in Chapel Hill and the pivotal role early gay bars had on his sexual identity. The interview illuminates the public safe sexual havens on the UNC's campus. He describes the fear of HIV and AIDS within the gay community in the early 1980s. Hull argues that the subsequent conservative backlash against gay culture negatively impacted the openness of the Chapel Hill gay community.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Hull, Bill, 1945- | Gay men--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Gay men--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Social life and customs | Gay men--Sexual behavior--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Gay bars--North Carolina | Gay men--North Carolina--Identity | Gay men--Family relationships--North Carolina--Durham | Chapel Hill (N.C.) | Orange County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Nov. 10, 2008).

Interview participants: Bill Hull, interviewee; Chris McGinnis, interviewer.

Duration: 01:34:17.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

Persistent Link to Item:http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/K-0844/menu.html