Carol Dancey


As Interviewed by Nikki M., March 21, 2019

Carol Dancey: In Her Own Words

Yeah, I was older. I was about 30, and I donít even know how I came to realize it because I dated a lot of guys, and then I just could never figure out why I wouldnít want to get married I guess, and then it dawned on me. Iím doing it, trying to do life wrong and this isnít me. And so when I did discover it and accepted it within myself, yes I told my friends. I didnít stand on the front porch and announce it because I knew there would be a lot of people that judge a gay lifestyle. But my friends were all ok, and I will even say I did use discretion at work, because you are discriminated against. Yeah, so I used discretion but I was comfortable with it.

Then I went to barber college to cut hair and everyoneís ok in that field with lifestyles. And then when I moved to Austin, Austin is just such a progressive town that I just felt so comfortable just being myself.

WAS IT THE MOST ACCEPTING PLACE YOU'VE LIVED?

Uh-huh. Yes, yes. Yes it is. Now if I had lived in Deer Park, which is where I grew up, thatíd be a whole different story. Itís a little more redneck in that area. And here in Austin itís very comfortable and accepting.