Mark Johnson

Title

Mark Johnson

Description

Mark Johnson talks about growing up in Owingsville, Kentucky and his experiences in school just after integration. He talks about being called various names because of his racial identity as well as his sexuality. He talks about his struggles in college due to discrimination, including a burning cross being put on his door. He discusses the discrimination he faced in his professional life as a social worker. Johnson talks about the unique struggles of being in an interracial relationship. He discusses places in Lexington where he feels comfortable as a Black gay man, as well as places where he feels unwelcome. Johnson talks about Bluegrass Black Pride, Inc. and his leadership role within the organization. He talks briefly about performing as a female impersonator.

Subject

African Americans--Education.
African Americans--Segregation
African Americans--Social conditions.
Race discrimination.
Violence
Coming out (Sexual orientation)
Gays--Violence against
Homosexuality--Social aspects.
Sexual minorities--Identity.
Gays--Mental health.
Race relations--Kentucky

Format

video

Identifier

2017oh760_lgbtq003

Interviewer

Lance Poston

Interviewee

Mark Johnson

Interview Keyword

Bluegrass Black Pride, Inc.
African American community
Black community
LGBTQ community
Gay community
Cross burning
Harassment
Prejudice
Childhood
School integration
Morehead State University

Sort Priority

0003

Files

Mark Johnson.PNG


Citation

“Mark Johnson,” OutSouth: LGBTQ+ Oral History Project, accessed December 6, 2019, https://www.nunncenter.net/outsouth/items/show/3.