Observing the 1980s

King, Sue (Part 1 of 5)

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    Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp

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    King, Sue, (speaker, female)

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    Farnham, Margot, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Sue King (SK) born 9th of June 1964 in Kent. Blood parents: mother, English/Irish roots; father from British Guyana. Children's home, care and then adoption. Attempts to reconcile herself with her past; talks about her foster placements; fostering in black community. Difficulties of being black in white environment; at school; 'Asian Invasion'; friends re racism; SK's links with Asian community; Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Response of parents to her 'coming out.' Describes changing her physical state to avoid being bullied; influential teacher at secondary school. Talks about motorbiking; first schoolgirl crush and subsequent lesbian relationship. Awareness of presence of lesbians; SK's attitudes to the word 'lesbian.' Difficulty in developing sexuality in Woking. Keeping up pretence to parents with boyfriends. Politics

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    Interviewed for the Hall-Carpenter Oral History Project

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