Social Reform and Advocacy

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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...

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...

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...

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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Subject: LGBT History, 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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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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March 26, 2017

James Tompkins was born and grew up in Southern Pennsylvania, where he lived on a farm with his one brother, three half siblings, and parents. In this interview, James discusses his experiences coming out to his family, his art, and various bars...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Tompkins, James - 113

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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LGBT History Project
April 25, 2017

Kerry Wiessman was born on October 26, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She grew up in Wayne, New Jersey in a lake community. Kerry discusses her upbringing in a large family and her relationship with her mother. Kerry also discusses her career in...

Location: LGBT Oral History -Wiessmann, Kerry - 125

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

Format: Interviews and Oral Histories

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May 15, 2017

Melinda Eash, child psychologist and LBGT rights ally, discusses her upbringing near the New York Metropolitan Area and the influence of the church. As a young adult she attended Susquehanna University, where she made friends with a gay student...

Location: LGBT Oral History - Eash, Melinda - 032

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

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,...

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...

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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...

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 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...

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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