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March 27, 2015

Walter Heiliger was born in 1944 and grew up in rural Carroll County, Maryland, the second of three children. Walter, who describes himself as “severely hearing-impaired,” encountered difficulties in school and in connecting with others growing up, as he did not receive support for his hearing...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Heiliger, Walter - 046

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 29, 2015

Cindy Lou Mitzel was born in April of 1942 in York County, Pennsylvania as the youngest in a big family. Growing up, Cindy knew that she felt attraction towards women but married a man just after graduating from high school and had three children. Throughout her life, Cindy has been involved in...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Mitzel, Cindy Lou - 083

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

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 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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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

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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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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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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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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January 19, 2017

This is an interview with Steven Leshner of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He conveys his struggles of coming out in the 1970s and being a gay man in central PA through a series of anecdotes. Steven also talks extensively about his work at Dignity and his relationship with Jerry Brennan. While Steven...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Leshner, Steven - 063b

Subject: LGBT History, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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January 30, 2017

Gary Hufford (born 1952) and George Centini (born March 11, 1937) are a married couple living in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In this interview, George and Gary recount their time in the gay bar and restaurant business. Both grew up in the restaurant business and became business partners together....

Location: LGBT Oral History - Centini, George and Hufford, Gary - 050

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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February 16, 2017

Colin Kreitzer was born in 1947 in Enola, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania with his parents and his younger sister. He attended West Chester College and moved to Harrisburg in 1977, where he began getting involved in the gay community through activism and social activities...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Kreitzer, Colin - 060

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 5, 2017

Pat Mastandrea Sanders was a hair stylist in Boston before moving up to advertising and marketing for 300 salons across the country. One fateful day she slipped on an ice cube and hit her head. Her life changed forever. Unable to work due to memory loss, Pat decided to give her time to various...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Saunders, Pat - 100

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 8, 2017

This is a story circle with Barry Loveland, Richard Hause, and Stephen Leshner discussing the life and work of Jerry Brennan. They begin with the discussion of Jerry’s childhood religion and his attendance of St. Bernard’s Seminary in Alabama. Barry, Richard, and Steven also discuss Jerry’s...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Jerry Brennan- 011

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 12, 2017

Frederick (Rick) Schulze was born in Delaware in the 60s and spent his childhood and adolescence in the 70s in the Harrisburg area. He first talks about his complicated relationship with his family and his gay identity, mentioning his mother’s support and positivity, his dad’s indifference, and...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Schulze, Rick - 101

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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March 19, 2017

Deb Fulham-Winston was born in 1952 in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in an Irish-Catholic family with eight siblings, and spent the first half of her schooling in Catholic school. Early on, she had a strong conviction for feminism and social justice which drew her away from the Catholic...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Fulham-Winston, Deb - 040

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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