Personal and Family Life

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March 29, 2015

Louie Marven moved to central Pennsylvania from his hometown of Wappingers Falls, New York to attend Messiah College in 2003 and has lived in the Harrisburg area ever since. The school’s conservative values and prohibition of “homosexual behavior” made Louie’s time there complicated, and it wasn...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Marven, Louie - 076

Subject: Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 6, 2015

Eva O’Diam was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1953 to her mother, a school teacher, and her father, an engineer. Growing up in conservative, rural Ohio, Eva lost her father at the age of 12 and moved to Covington, Ohio where she graduated from high school. At Manchester College, where she earned a...

Location: LGBT Oral History - O'Diam, Eva - 088

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 9, 2015

Dr. Eric Selvey was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. He attended optometry school in Philadelphia, but returned to the Harrisburg area after graduating. In his interview he discusses his relationship with his mother and grandmother — and coming out to them in his younger days. He goes on to...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Selvey, Eric - 104

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 14, 2015

Ray Davis was born on April 30th, 1954 in Bethlehem, PA. After attending Catholic school, Ray went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. After moving to Harrisburg in 1986, Ray acquired his real estate license, serving a variety...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Ray Davis - 022

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 24, 2015

Joy Verner was born in 1963 and grew up in Franklin Pennsylvania near Erie, Pa. Joy was one of three children and a mother and a father. She relocated to central Pennsylvania during graduate school where she attended school near Shippensburg. She now resides in in Central Pennsylvania with her...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Verner, Joy - 119

Subject: Dickinson College Organizations, Education, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 29, 2015

Joy (Ufema) Counsel was raised in Altoona, Pennsylvania. After completing high school, Joy began studies to become a nurse at the Altoona Hospital, and later completed a nursing program at Harrisburg Area Community College. Joy worked in numerous hospitals and medical facilities in New York,...

Location: LGBT Oral History- Counsel, Joy (Ufema) - 116

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 20, 2015

Lori Hatch-Rivera was born in Rockville Central, New York on Long Island in 1958. After Lori’s family moved to South Florida, Lori enrolled into what is now Palm Beach Atlantic University and graduated in 1989 with a degree in history. After about ten years of teaching, Lori believed God was...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Hatch-Rivera, Lori - 044

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 24, 2015

Daniel Maneval was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on October 3, 1947. In this interview, Daniel speaks frankly about his experiences growing up as an only child, homophobic violence he has experienced, and the gay organizations he has lead and participated in throughout his life. He...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Maneval, Daniel - 072B

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 3, 2015

Shaka Hudson was born in 1949 in Harrisburg as the middle of five children. An artist his whole life, Shaka attended John Harris High School and Penn State University before unenrolling in college and leaving Harrisburg to join the Washington D.C. Repertory Dance Company and Theatre Company as a...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Hudson, Shaka - 050

Subject: Health and Medicine, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 28, 2015

Lorraine Kujawa was one of the co-founders of the Lavender Letter in Harrisburg during the late seventies and eighties. The Lavender Letter was created to provide events for the lesbian community to attend in Pennsylvania. She started the newsletter in order to bring the lesbian community...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Kujawa, Lorraine - 061

Subject: Business and Industry, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 11, 2015

Cathy Nelson was born in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Staten Island, New York, at the age of two with her strict Italian-Swedish family. As a child, Cathy loved music and did well in school. She also participated in Catholic youth group retreats, where she first encountered anti-gay...

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November 19, 2015

In this oral history, Anonymous_001 starts off discussing his family life. He states that his family life was not the best but not the worst, however after his mother left and his father developed borderline personality disorder, he decided to find ways to escape reality. He then goes on to say...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Anonymous - 001

Subject: Legal Affairs, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 19, 2015

Gretchen Little was born on October 26, 1958 in Elmira, New York. As a child, Gretchen was interested in sports and experimented with wearing women’s clothing in the home. While studying Media Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Gretchen told some female partners about her...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Little, Gretchen - 067

Subject: Legal Affairs, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 23, 2015

Benjamin Dunlap was born in Lancaster County Pennsylvania on December 23, 1957. He was born to a family with a mother, father, and sister ten years older than him. Throughout his life he was highly involved with LGBT community life and in Lancaster County was one of the originators of the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Dunlap, Benjamin - 031

Subject: Business and Industry, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 24, 2015

Don Haines was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and grew up there. In this interview he discusses his experience in Lancaster County as a gay man. He also discusses his experience in Columbia, PA and the acceptance that he has from his family and friends in that area. Topics focus on his...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Haines, Don - 043

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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December 16, 2015

John Barns was born in Perry County, Pennsylvania. He comes from a family of farmers and is Pennsylvania Dutch. He grew up on a farm, joined the military during Vietnam, and then worked for the Pennsylvania government for 30 years. He discusses his experience of being gay in a small farm...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Barns, John - 005

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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January 16, 2016

Nancy Helm was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania and graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1981. After graduating she worked for a printing company and did other odd jobs before opening a hair salon with her partner. Not long after that she opened a book store across the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Helm, Nancy - 047

Subject: Business and Industry, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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May 5, 2016

Amy Skillman talks about her childhood growing up in Michigan in a large Episcopalian family and the influence of spirituality in her life, both as a teenager and an adult. Amy went to an all-girls school where rumors circulated about certain boarders and a book they were reading. Amy believes...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Skillman, Amy - 108

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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April 9, 2016

Sabrina Valente was born in Baltimore, MD and lived most of her childhood and adolescence in Littlestown, PA in Adams County. She attended Eastern University for an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and Wagner College for a Master’s degree in forensic psychology. Sabrina has spent all of...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Valente, Sabrina - 117

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 20, 2016

Mark Segal is a gay rights activist, author, and journalist for the Philadelphia Gay News. In this interview, Mark discusses his political involvement in the gay rights movement in Pennsylvania in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Particularly, he focuses heavily on his work with Governor Milton Shapp, the...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Segal, Mark - 103

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 22, 2016

Jude Sharp was born in November of 1947 in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She then attended the Tyler College of Art and studied the art of making jewelry. When she was 21, Jude married her first husband and moved to Denver, Colorado,...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Sharp, Jude - 106

Subject: Business and Industry, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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September 21, 2016

Anthony Silvestre was born in 1946 in the Bronx in New York. He grew up in a working-class, Italian neighborhood and is familiar with stigma. He began identifying as gay in the sixth grade, but went through school still in the closet. After high school, he entered a Catholic religious group in...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Silvestre, Anothony - 107

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 9, 2016

Nikki Knerr was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1945 and attended York College and Pennsylvania State University where she studied mass communications. In 1967, Nikki opened her first graphic design business which ran for 25 years in Camp Hill, before she retired to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Knerr, Nikki - 058

Subject: Business and Industry, LGBT History, Personal and Family Life, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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November 18, 2016

Joanne Carroll was born in Alberta Canada in 1940 as John Carroll. She spent the first 60 years of her life as a man, marrying twice and having two children. She worked a number of jobs throughout the country, primarily in the Air Force but also in hotel management and security. She transitioned...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Carroll, Joanne - 014

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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October 27, 2016

Hannah-Smith Brubaker was born in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her childhood in Port Allegany, McKean County. She began to identify as a lesbian at the start of college, and she entered the political sphere for the first time when she participated in the Second National March on...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Smith-Brubaker, Hannah - 109

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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