Mary Madge Darlington

As Interviewed by Fritzie Schwentker, March 16, 2014
"One thing that was really important to us was that there were no secrets."
Mary Madge Darlington

Introductory Profile: About Mary Madge Darlington

I interviewed Madge Darlington. She is an out lesbian and has been for about 20 years. She lives in Austin, Texas, and has a loving wife, two sons, a dog, and a cat. She works at Rude Mechanics, a theater company she helped create in 1995. She is the co-director of a program called Grrl Action, which helps girls from thirteen to sixteen empower themselves with other women.

Madge and I have known each other since I was born. Her sons and I are best friends, and we all attended elementary school together. Madge and her partner are like another set of mothers to me, and I often refer to her as “Mama Madge”.

Our interview was about Madge's experiences and interactions as an out lesbian. While we also talked about rights as a gay person, she mostly talked about being a homosexual mother to two sons. The tone of the interview was relaxed, seeing as I had known Madge since I was a baby. The interview was extremely engaging, and I learned a lot about how homosexuals were treated 10 to 20 years ago.