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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Corrections Subcommittee Newsletter - August 12, 1976

Date: August 12, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Corrections Subcommittee Newsletter - August 12, 1976

Corrections Subcommittee Newsletter - June 1, 1976

Date: June 1, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Corrections Subcommittee Newsletter - June 1, 1976

Corrections Subcommittee Meeting Minutes - March 9, 1976

Date: March 9, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Corrections Subcommittee Meeting Minutes - March 9, 1976

Community [Affairs] Committee Goals - June 2, 1976

Date: June 2, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Community [Affairs] Committee Goals - June 2, 1976

Community Affairs Committee Community Proposal - September 17, 1977

Date: September 17, 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Community Affairs Committee Community Proposal - September 17, 1977

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Bulletin - April 19, 1977

Date: April 19, 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: PA Senate Bill 83

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Bulletin - April 19, 1977

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - July 7, 1980

Date: July 7, 1980

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Sexual Harassment, Sodomy Laws

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - July 7, 1980

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - October 31, 1978

Date: October 31, 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

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Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, The Civil Rights Commission

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - October 31, 1978

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - September 1978

Date: September 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Affirmative Action Plans

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, PA Rural Gay Caucus

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - September 1978

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - May 27, 1976

Date: May 27, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics: Transgender Education, Hill's Bill

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda and Minutes - May 27, 1976

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - April 23, 1980

Date: April 23, 1980

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - April 23, 1980

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - September 11, 1978

Date: September 11, 1978

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - September 11, 1978

Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - September 17, 1976

Date: September 17, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities Meeting Agenda - September 17, 1976

 Annual Report of the Advisory Committee on the Rights and Health Concerns of Sexual Minorites - February 28, 1977

Date: February 28, 1977

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities, Gay Public Health Workers (GPHW)

View Item: PDF icon Annual Report of the Advisory Committee on the Rights and Health Concerns of Sexual Minorites - February 28, 1977

Recommendations of the AD HOC Committee - May 20, 1976

Date: May 20, 1976

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Recommendations of the AD HOC Committee - May 20, 1976

Accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities - circa 1979

Date: circa 1979

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Council for Sexual Minorites was an officially appointed advisory committee created by Governor Milton J. Shapp in 1976. Governor Shapp, by executive order, declared that all executive branch offices and services were...

Collection: LGBT-001 - Burns

Topics:

Organizations: PA Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities

View Item: PDF icon Accomplishments of the Pennsylvania Governor's Council for Sexual Minorities - circa 1979

Activist Buttons

Date: 1928 - 2015; Bulk Dates 1970 - 1996

Johnson and Maser met in 1975 through a mutual friend. As a couple, they saw how AIDS was affecting their community and became active in local AIDS Awareness organizations, the Lancaster AIDS Project, and the Betty Finney House, which helped...

Collection: LGBT-033 - Johnson & Maser

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: Art Against AIDS, The Names Project

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-033 Jon Johnson & Charles Maser Collection

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: 2018

Since August 2012 the LGBT History Project of the LGBT Center of Central PA has actively collected stories of LGBT history in central PA as told by those who lived them. This growing collection of oral history interviews is housed by the...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon LGBT Oral History Summaries

Cecelia Wambach

Date: July 30, 2018

Cecelia Wambach was born on May 26th, 1942 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Cecelia begins the interview by talking about her family life, the dynamics of her relationship with her parents and religion, and how those facets shaped her adult identity...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 131: Cecelia Wambach

William ''Miss Tina'' Horn

Date: November 25, 2018

William Horn, dressed as his drag persona “Miss Christina Louise,” Miss Tina for short, tells of their experiences growing up gay, performing as a Drag Queen and the various organizations they’ve been a part of in their life. After moving to...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: Drag

Organizations: Gays United Lancaster (GUL)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 133: William ''Miss Tina'' Horn

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: March 6, 2021

Sabrina Dare-Bledsoe was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1960. She grew up in a large family of entrepreneurs and bar owners, whom she worked alongside as a child and teenager. Her father, Stuart Withero Dare, inherited and ran The Clock Bar...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 142: Sabrina Dare Bledsoe

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Date: January 14, 2020

Marie DiFava was born in Lebanon County in 1953 and grew up in a troubled Italian home. She graduated from high school and attended nursing school, but after burning out from her job and schooling, she dropped out, married, and had three children...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Lebanon County Lesbians (LCL)

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 141: Marie DiFava

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: October 27, 2018

Bob Deibler discusses his experiences as a member of both the Pennsmen and the Satyr Men, as well as what it was like to be a gay teacher and the surprising lack of discrimination, he faced in his life due to his sexuality. He also talks of his...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

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Organizations: Pennsmen Inc., Satyr Men

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 132: Robert 'Bob' Deibler

LGBT History Project Logo

Date: April 15, 2013

Frank Pizzoli, founder and editor-in-chief of the Central Voice, an LGBT newsletter for the Central PA community, discusses his experiences in the community and how he thinks things have changed over time. He describes some aspects of growing up...

Collection: LGBT Oral History

Topics: HIV/AIDs

Organizations: South Central Aids Assistance Network (SCAAN), AIDS Community Alliance, Adler Health Services

View Item: PDF icon Transcription of LGBT Oral History 092A: Frank Pizzoli

STUDS Magazine Issue and T-shirt

Date: 2007 - 2014

Lindsay Snowden was born in Pittsburgh on March 15, 1976. Lindsay joined the military at 17 and was an army nurse for nine years. After the military Lindsay stayed in nursing, while also becoming an entrepreneur. Lindsay worked on many projects...

Collection: LGBT-032 - Snowden

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Organizations: STUDS Magazine, Central PA Vipers

View Item: PDF icon LGBT History Project: LGBT-032 Lindsay Snowden Collection

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