Early Iowa State University and Ames, Iowa Gay Liberation Photographs: In the Midwest, 1979 and Later
I believe these photographs were all taken in Ames and the Midwest after I moved to California. Some were from a trip back to the Midwest I took in 1980. Others are provided by friends.
I have tried to give credit to people who have helped by providing their cache of photos. If I have neglected anyone or mis-credited anybody, please notify me, as it is an oversight or error, not intentional. Some of these location photographs were taken on a return trip I made to Ames from San Francisco in 1980. The locations were still very similar to the 1970s then. I am told many of these buildings no longer exist.
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Alan Beatty and Phillip Stinard, at 3004 West Street. They later were moving forces behind the group Gays and Lesbians of Ames. (Courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Matchbook from City Disco Park, Des Moines (courtesy of Harold Osler)
Estin Collins worked at Beardshear Hall (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Steve Court (right) and friend (name unknown). Steve and this man were probably together in the commune where Steve moved after leaving Ames. (Courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Harold Osler (left) and Scott Nelson (right) in the yard at 3004 West Street, Ames (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
Harold Osler at the Iowa State Fair, August 1980 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Jim Hull and partner (I've forgotten his name), Rock Island, Illinois, July or August 1980 (courtesy of Dennis Brumm)
Stephen Heffington, who kindly submitted this photo, wrote: "Scott was camping up one night in the bathroom in 3004 West Street, Harold was out. Scott had put on some rhinestone earrings and did a head and shoulders pose for me saying 'Oh my God, I look like my mother!'" (courtesy of Stephen "Rick" Heffington)
"He fought the clutter, and the clutter won." Scott Nelson in his room in the apartment on West Street, Ames, August 1980. Scott was wearing his rabbit fur coat…he came to visit me in San Francisco in 1978, and my cats attacked this coat and spread rabbit fur around the house. (Courtesy of Dennis Brumm)