I look at their children and they are so full of love and empathy and love. My kids are the parents I wish I could have been like.

Recorded July 9, 2019 Archived July 9, 2019 26:01 minutes
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Id: APP648625


Activist Deborah Allen talks about organizing ACT UP Shreveport as a single, working mom who also was attending college. She made a living as a hairstylist and sewing gowns for drag queens. After her friend John David was diagnosed with AIDS, Deborah and her friends fought tirelessly to educate the Shreveport's community about HIV/AIDS and provide care for those who needed it. Their efforts are chronicled in the documentary film, "Small Town Rage: Fighting Back in the Deep South.” Deborah identifies as pansexual and shares what it was like to finally discover a word to describe her sexuality in her 60s. She also discusses the challenges and benefits of raising her children around activism.


  • Deborah Allen
  • Sara Hebert