Should you go back into the closet during Peace Corps? – Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014 (Rebroadcast)

This episode is a rebroadcast of Ep #016: Lizzie Pelz, Ethiopia 2012-2014, in celebration of Pride Month. 

On this Episode:

  • Working as a health volunteer to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission
  • Serving as an LGBTQ volunteer
  • The view of homosexuality in Ethiopia

Lizzie’s Peace Corps Story

“Before I say anything else, I want to make the point that my queer experience as a Peace Corps volunteer is mine alone and does is not the same experience as all queer volunteers. We have similarities but we also have differences and I did come into my experiences with some privileges, such as straight-passing or being,
white female and also not being homosexual, so I did have access to physical intimacy while many others did not or because of gender roles where they served, they were not straight passing. So I was able to in some instant move around undetected while other volunteers cannot.

[I had self-identified as being queer for about a decade before Peace Corps] but I had not lived unapologetically as queer and actually I haven’t been unapologetic about it until very recently, actually until moving to DC.” – Lizzie Pelz

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