LGBT History Project

About LGBT History Project Resources

The LGBT Center of Central PA and the Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections have partnered to document the stories and history of LGBT life and activism in the greater Central Pennsylvania region. This site contains oral histories that have been recorded for the LGBT History Project, as well as fully accessible digital versions of documents, images, and artifacts that have been donated to the project.

This is a quickly growing collection, and not all items are available through this website. Please contact Malinda Triller-Doran at archives@dickinson.edu for information about how to access all of the resources of the LGBT History Project, as well as how to donate additional materials.

Generous support to make these unique resources accessible has been provided by the Schlegel Deibler Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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Marty Tornblom

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 114: Marty Tornblom

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Gay Affirming Interfaith Network

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 125: Kerry Wiessman

James Tompkins

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Act UP

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 113: James Tompkins

Debra Fulham-Winston

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 040: Debra Fulham-Winston

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: The Mansfield Gay Alliance, South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 101: Rick Schulze

Patricia ''Pat'' Saunders

Date: March 5, 2017

Patricia ''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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Lancaster AIDS Project, The Betty Finney House

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 100: Patricia ''Pat'' Saunders

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Date: 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 015: George Centini and Gary Hufford

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Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Dignity/Central PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 063B: Steven Leshner

Hannah Smith-Brubaker

Date: 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 109: Hannah Smith-Brubaker

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Date: 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 103: Mark Segal

Sabrina Valente

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: TrueNorth Wellness

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 117: Sabrina Valente

Amy Skillman

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 108: Amy Skillman

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Date: November 14, 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 043: Don Haines

Gretchen Little

Date: 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,...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Transgender Experiences

Organizations: TransCentral PA

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 067: Gretchen Little

Cathy Nelson

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: Central PA Womyn's Chorus

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Shaka Hudson

Date: Agusut 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 050: Shaka Hudson

Joy Verner

Date: 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...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 119: Joy Verner

Eric Selvey

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Lily White & Company, South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 104: Eric Selvey

Eva O'Diam

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out, HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 088: Eva O'Diam

Laury McIntyre

Date: March 29, 2015

Laury was born in New Port Beach, California on March 20, 1961. She is the middle child with two brothers from a Presbyterian home. Laurie and her current partner Jan are not married and do not live together. She currently resides in Harrisburg,...

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 080: Laury McIntyre

Cindy Lou Mitzel

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: National Organization for Women (N.O.W.), Lesbian Alliance, Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), Central PA Womyn's Chorus

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 083: Cindy Lou Mitzel

Louie Marven

Date: 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...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA, Common Roads

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 076: Louie Marven

Philip ''Phil'' Wenger

Date: March 23, 2015

The interview performed on March 23, 2015 is with Oral History project volunteer, Michele Metcalf and long-time LGBT activist and self-identified gay man, Phil Wenger. Wenger was born and raised in Ethiopia in a large Mennonite missionary family...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: LGBT Center of Central PA, Lancaster AIDS Project

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 128: Philip ''Phil'' Wenger

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Date: March 22, 2015

Lindsay Snowden was born in Pittsburgh on March 15, 1976. Lindsay worked a bunch of odd jobs and has had an entrepreneurial spirit since a young age. Lindsay joined the military when sirb was 17. Lindsay realized after moving to Harrisburg that...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Coming Out

Organizations: House of Gains

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 110: Lindsay Snowden

David Walker

Date: March 19, 2015

David Walker was born in 1946 in Lancaster County, where he grew up in a strict Presbyterian family and always knew that he was different. He studied to be a teacher at Lebanon Valley College when the school was more fundamentalist, but after...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Gay Men's Chorus of Harrisburg

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 121: David Walker

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