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Oral history interview with Patricia Long, November 14, 1996 : interview G-0215, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).

Author: Patricia Long; Sherry Honeycutt; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.
Publisher: [Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Audio book, etc. : Biography : State or province government publication   Sound Recording : English : Electronic ed
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Patricia Long was raised in Virginia in a religious household. After attending religious schools, Long briefly attended a Baptist seminary before a prolonged illness forced her to withdraw. Long eventually settled in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she became a member of Pullen Baptist Church. It was because of her involvement with Pullen--known for its progressive views on "controversial" issues--that Long finally  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Interviews
Named Person: Patricia Long
Material Type: Biography, Document, Government publication, Audio book, etc., State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia Long; Sherry Honeycutt; Southern Oral History Program.; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library.
OCLC Number: 277117802
Notes: Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 7, 2008).
Interview participants: Patricia Long, interviewee; Sherry Honeycutt, interviewer.
Duration: 01:01:58.
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.
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Web browser with Javascript enabled and multimedia player.
Other Titles: Oral histories of the American South.
Interview G-0215, Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)
Interview with Patricia Long, November 14, 1996

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Patricia Long was raised in Virginia in a religious household. After attending religious schools, Long briefly attended a Baptist seminary before a prolonged illness forced her to withdraw. Long eventually settled in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she became a member of Pullen Baptist Church. It was because of her involvement with Pullen--known for its progressive views on "controversial" issues--that Long finally came to terms with her sexuality during the late 1980s. Long explains that while she had always known she was a lesbian and had had a long-term relationship with a woman, she had been unable to reconcile her faith with her sexuality. During the late 1980s, however, she met Mahan Siler, a progressive minister at Pullen. When Siler began to speak out in support of gay and lesbian rights within the religious community, Long began to come out to people in the church and began to take a more active role in the gay community in Raleigh. In 1991, Pullen Baptist Church made the decision to support holy unions between gay and lesbian couples. Because she was a member of the Board, Long is able to offer an insider perspective on how the church came to this decision and how the congregation responded. While the decision to support and allow holy union resulted in the Southern Baptist Convention's breaking ties with Pullen Baptist Church, Long argues that most people lauded the decision. She concludes by briefly describing her other activities in the gay and lesbian liberation movement and discussing Pullen's reputation for progressive social activism.

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