Kevin Scott, Interview by Kieran W. Taylor, 28 April, 2012

Title

Kevin Scott, Interview by Kieran W. Taylor, 28 April, 2012

Description

Allen Kevin Scott, Citadel Class of 1990 was born in 1967 in Augusta, Georgia. He was a JROTC student in high school in Mint Hill, just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, and found The Citadel as a natural choice for continuing with an ROTC program. Scott reflects on his time in the institution, where he found stability and a sense of place. Although he knew he was gay from an early age, the school's physical and academic demands let him with little time and energy to explore his sexuality. After graduation, he was concerned about the military homophobic culture and decided to pursue a job with the Charleston Police Department. He was denied the position because of concerns regarding his sexual preferences. The experience deeply hurt Scott, leading him to return to North Carolina to join the Hickory Police Department. In 2003, Scott founded The Citadel GALA (Gay and Lesbian Alliance) with the purpose of providing support to gay cadets. In this interview, Scott remembers a few remarkable events that occurred when he was a cadet such as the Corps of Cadets’ cold welcoming to General Watts when he was named president, a memorable food fight that happened close to Thanksgiving in 1987, and The Citadel making national news because a group of white students harassed an African American Freshmen using KKK symbols. At the time of the interview, Scott was living in Washington, D.C. with his partner of sixteen years.

Source

The Citadel in War and Peace

Publisher

The Citadel Museum & Archives

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

audio/mpeg

Language

English

Type

Sound

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1855

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Taylor, Kieran W.

Interviewee

Scott, Kevin

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Original Format

Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are WAV files.

Duration

1 hour, 44 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Kevin Scott, Interview by Kieran W. Taylor, 28 April, 2012,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1855.