Young gay African-American Ken Smith: his lesbian grandmother gave him portant 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...

Don Mccoy- a life of laughter and kindness

Don’s life began in rural Louisiana. Before he was 25 years old, he had traveled the US and settled in New York City where he finally reaized what it felt like to be completely free to be himself. He has...

Conversation with Yvonne part 2

Interview with Yvonne Ritter about her life as an LGBTQ pioneer, part 2: post-high school years.

If these people would take five minutes to say hello and get to know me, this old queen’s got some pretty interesting things to say.

Part 2 of 2 (This interview contains strong language and brief descriptions of sexual acts.) From a young age, Randy Moulder was a victim of sexual abuse and exploitation by neighbors, family members, and his school principal. As a teen,...

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.

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...

The bar was all there was. The only place we could meet – like Stonewall Inn – that was what we had.

Part 1 of 2 (This interview contains strong language and brief descriptions of sexual acts.) From a young age, Randy Moulder was a victim of sexual abuse and exploitation by neighbors, family members, and his school principal. As a teen,...

One of the most life-changing events happened on that corner. This man cared enough about a street urchin to pick him up off the street.

(This interview contains strong language and brief descriptions of sexual acts.) As a highly-attractive young gay man, Randy quickly fit into the Dallas gay bar scene, found problems with drugs, sex, and prostitution. When he prostituted in front of Dallas...