LGBT History Project

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September 28, 2017

Sophie Kandler was born in Spring City, Pennsylvania in 1966. After being bullied at home and at school, Sophie finally graduated from high school. After graduating and applying to colleges, Sophie decided to attend Drexel University. After attending Drexel for two years, Sophie transferred to...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Kandler, Sophie - 053

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 4, 2017

Chris Dietz was born on April 6th, 1975 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He lived in Carlisle shortly after he was born, before moving to Perry County with his parents and younger sister. There, he attended West Perry School District and participated in many extracurricular activities. From high...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Dietz, Chris - 029

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 4, 2017

Barry Loveland interviews Alex Reber, now 32, who relates fascinating stories of what it was like growing up as an only child of an Evangelical Christian family raised on a farm in Bethel, a rural town between Harrisburg and Allentown and becoming an important political LGBT activist in Central...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Alex Reber - 097

Subject: Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 28, 2017

Melita McCully was born on December 11, 1952 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. After the death of her father, Melita moved to Florida with her family and became both the breadwinner and the caretaker of her six brothers and sisters, mother and grandmother. As a teenager, Melita volunteered when she...

Location: LGBT Oral History - McCully, Melita - 079

Subject: LGBT History, Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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December 1, 2017

David Klinepeter, father of the late Daniel Klinepeter, gives insight as a parent of a member of the LGBT community. He also speaks about his experience losing his son to AIDS and his advocacy with AIDS Memorial Quilt: The Names Project.

Location: LGBT Oral History - Klinepeter, David - 057

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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January 4, 2018

Steve Glassman was born on September 20, 1954 in Chicago. He was fortunate enough to grow up in a rather liberal household with accepting parents who were involved in political activism and social justice during the Civil Rights era. Glassman’s story is unique in that he utilized his privilege...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Glassman, Steve - 041

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 8, 2018

Joe Christ was born in 1927 with Klinefelter syndrome and assigned male at birth. The seventh of eight children, Christ was placed into an orphanage during the Great Depression where they stayed until age 18. Two weeks later, Christ was drafted into the Army and fast-tracked to work as a stool...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Christ, Joe - 017

Subject: LGBT History, Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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