The story of an Activist and a Hippie

This is my StoryCorp of me and my grandma. We discussed her involvement in the Hippie Movement and I also came out being gay to her.

Sharon Gonsalves and Estelle Gonsalves

Sharon Gonsalves (61) shares a conversation with her mother, Estelle Gonsalves (86), about coming out, being accepted, and walking the NYC Pride Parade together.

“Follow your dreams.”

Something I learned while listening to my mother talk... she’s only human. She did her best and I have to remember that. Hearing her talk about her dreams and how she wishes she followed through with them, inspires me to...

Margaret Woody and Claudia Marshel

One Small Step conversation partners Margaret Woody (62) and Claudia Marshel (59) discuss their upbringings and how politics have influenced their lives.

Rachel Rectenwald and Steve Whyte
December 9, 2020 OSS Hub

In their One Small Step conversation, Rachel Rectenwald (42) and Steve Whyte [no age given] talk about how they see the role of politicians, as well as how they responded to the Black Lives Matter protests this summer.

Kathleen "River" Artz-Iffland and Margaret DeRitter

Kathleen "River" Artz-Iffland (63) talks with friend, Margaret DeRitter (58), about her role as an out lesbian in Kalamazoo, her work to strengthen the lesbian community, and the family she created with her partner of 35 years.

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...


a short interview with Yasmine, a young woman that grew up in the Bay Area that had to grow quickly and learn the value of hardwork.

Charlie Szur and Michaela Brenner

turning one of our many facetime chats into an interview where i ask Charlie about his childhood, his college experience, and what it means to go home to an unaccepting culture.

Harlette’s Coming Out Story

Harlette is a 16 year old girl who comes out December 19th 2016. She shares her struggles and optimistic thoughts with her coming out story. Harlette shares her experiences with people she encounters and how she found out the way...

Tina Stalion and Brad Palmertree

Brad A. Palmertree (29) interviews his mother Tina Stalion (52) about her motherhood experience and what his coming out experience was like for her.

Revelations in the Heartland – Commemorating Stonewall 50 with Norm Arbo

Back in the day, it often took years for things that happened on the coasts to really impact the Heartland. The coincidences of Norm’s life in 1969, while traveling in Europe (on a trip earned as a reward for serving...

Andrew Kohen and Elissa Sachs-Kohen

Andrew "Andy" Kohen (79) shares a conversation with his daughter, Elissa Sachs-Kohen (50), about Elissa coming out, their family, their values, spirituality, social justice, acting on behalf of others, and future happiness.