Mother So Queer

A Queer History of Wake Forest University



Mother So Queer is an interactive, online exhibit curated by Dr. Angela Mazaris’ Queer Public Histories class during the Fall 2015 semester. This exhibit contains full length interviews conducted by past and current students, segments from interviews curated by theme, and a timeline of Wake Forest’s LGBTQ History. All materials found on this website will be indexed and archived at Wake Forest University’s Zachary Smith Reynolds Library. We hope you will enjoy our exhibit!

But first, here’s a little bit about us!

Madeline Coffey is a junior at Wake Forest University majoring in History with minors in Politics & International Affairs and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the College Democrats of North Carolina Women’s Caucus. Madeline’s academic focus is in gender history and women’s rights advocacy. She hopes that one day she will use her skill set to empower women and persons with marginalized gender and sexual identities.

Terra Johnson is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with minors in Chemistry and Biology. She is currently the captain of the Wake Forest Dance Team. Terra’s goal is to go to attend law school next year where she plans to pursue a career in Health Law and be a very active member of the Women’s Law Association.


Justice von Maur is currently a junior. She is a History major with minors in Theatre and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is very active in the theatre community on campus, and is a proud Ambassador in Admissions. She is passionate about social justice, fine arts, social media, and yoga.


Cameran Llewellyn is a senior at Wake Forest majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Chinese. She is the Vice President of Spectrum and has been a resident adviser for three years.

Charles Athanasopoulos is a sophomore at Wake Forest University majoring in Religion with minors in Writing and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He currently serves as the Minister of Information of the Students for Liberation, and is an active member of the Policy Debate Team. Charles’ academic focus is on black studies, specifically the literature on black sexuality. His goal is to practice law or become a professor and publish works in the field of black studies.

Clarielle Marsh is currently a senior at Wake. She is a Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major with a minor in Politics & International Affairs. She has an interest in Queer Studies and queer program coordination.



Caroline Green is a senior with a major History and minors in English and Cultural Resource Preservation. She has worked as a museum intern at the New Winston Museum and Reynolda House Museum of American Art. She also helped to curate “Release: From Stigma to Acceptance” and “Humanizing the Mechanical Eye,” and tutored at El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services. She hopes to pursue a career in public history.

Tatianna Nelson is currently a junior at Wake double majoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Spanish. She is a student assistant in the LGBTQ Center and serves as the Vice President of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. She has a particular academic interest in media representations of people with marginalized identities, especially in television and movies.

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