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Oral history interview with Bill Hull, June 21, 2001

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

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
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 | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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