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Part 2: Janice James on her life as a lesbian and the "LAVENDER AMBASSADOR" with Lesbian Lavender Dinner Club in Dayton, Ohio.

Janice James started coming out at age 13 in 1960s in Dayton, Ohio. As an adult, she served on board of the Dayton Gay & Lesbian Center for a couple of years and also started a social dinner club for...

Part 1: Lesbian life in Dayton, Ohio: Janice James started coming out in Dayton at age 13 in the 1960s. Hear her story of life in Dayton.

Janice James started coming out as a lesbian at age 13 with her first love for a neighbor girl in the 1960s. Since then, she's survived stigma, mental health struggles, intimate partner abuse, a name change and ultimately a life...

Lee Perry shares his journey as an African-American gay male leader and as former drag performer Leigh Montgomery in Dayton, Ohio (Part 1)

Black gay men must be seen, heard, affirmed and respected. Lee Perry has worked for years to help accomplish that -- from serving on the board of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, helping plan the annual Pride parade, and now...

Young gay African-American Ken Smith: his lesbian grandmother gave him important advice: "You do You!"

Ken Smith, a young gay African-American man from Dayton, Ohio, started coming out in the 1990s. His openly lesbian grandmother Grace (Thornton) Vaughn, gave him some important advice from 20 years earlier: "You do You!" Grace sued to marry her...

Gay Pastor living with HIV in Ohio shares his journey: When the map doesn't match the terrain, trust the terrain. Stonewall OutLoud

Rev. Dr. Mike Castle shares his journey as an out gay minister living with HIV. Shunned by the Southern Baptists, living with HIV, surviving cancer and a divorce, he has emerged stronger, liberated and determined while leading a church that...


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