Personal and Family Life

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April 25, 2017

Mary Margaret Hart and Lynn Daniels are a married lesbian couple living in Central Pennsylvania. Lynn was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1931, while Mary was born in 1949 in Cleveland, Ohio. Throughout the interview, Mary and Lynn discuss their childhoods, how they met, and the difficulties...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Daniel, Lynn and Hart, Mary Margaret - 018

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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June 1, 2017

David Leas was born in 1955 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He comes from a working class family and described the sense of independence he got from his first job as busboy for the Accomac Inn. This job lead to a foray into the restaurant business, starting with opening the Railroad House in Marietta...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Leas, David - 062

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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June 9, 2017

Marty Tornblom was born in Utah and was raised in the greater Salt Lake City area, as a member of the Mormon Church. She decided to get a degree in education which lead her to teaching. Following her marriage, she converted to Presbyterianism and moved all over the country, including Utah,...

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July 27, 2017

Cassidy Frazee was born in 1957 in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Cassidy grew up in Cedar Lake with her younger sister, father and mother. They had a Catholic upbringing, but Cassidy explains she was no longer interested in religious affairs by the time she reached sixth grade, when her questions...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Frazee, Cassidy - 038

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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July 29, 2017

Robert Sevensky was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1948. Despite having an unpleasant experience in early education and having financial issues, Robert persevered and ended up pursuing an academic career in college. After two years at the University of Scranton, he studied English abroad. He...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Sevensky, Robert - 105

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 6, 2017

Harry Long was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania in 1951 and attended Lebanon High School. After attending Millville University and becoming involved with an underground newspaper, Harry began his career of working for newspapers; in addition to doing freelance artwork. In the early 1980s, Harry...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Long, Harry - 069

Subject: LGBT History, Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 16, 2017

Amanda Porter was born in 1950 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Amanda Porter is a trans woman and transgender rights educator and activist. In this interview, Amanda repeats her goal of wanting to make transgender people visible everywhere. She discusses her time in the Air Force and in college,...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Porter, Amanda - 093

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 18, 2017

Heidi Notario was born in Havana, Cuba in 1973, where she was attending college for Biology before moving to the United States in 1995. Heidi discusses her disillusion with the ideals of communism as a factor contributing to her desire to go live with her aunt in the U.S. After arrival, she...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Notario, Heidi - 087

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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August 23, 2017

For more than a decade, Jeanine Ruhsam was an advocate in Central Pennsylvania’s transgender community. With the primary goal of providing support and resources for transgender people and their loved ones, she spearheaded the Trans Central Pennsylvania organization and the Keystone Conferences....

Location: LGBT Oral History - Ruhsam, Jeanine - 099

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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September 15, 2017

Mara Kiesling was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1959. Mara is a transgender woman, who is a transgender rights activist and founding executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality based in Washington D.C. In this interview, Mara discusses her upbringing in a political...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Kiesling, Mara - 056

Subject: LGBT History, Personal and Family Life

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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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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