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...

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...

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.

Julia Barden and Shelli Fowler

One Small Step conversation partners Julia Torres Barden (61) and Shelli Fowler (62) discuss formative moments in their political identities, the precarious nature of the current political moment, and what constitutes an effective strategy for social change.

Coming out

I interviewed my friend Matthew Rosales on his coming out story. I never heard of his experience before and he has never really talked about it so I thought it was a good idea for this assignment.

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.

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.

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.

“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...

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.

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...

Brian Bender and Lisa Terwilliger

One Small Step conversation partners Lisa Terwilliger (53) and Brian Bender (47) discuss religion and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christine Eddington and Roy Diehl

One Small Step conversation partners Roy Earl Diehl II (50) and Christine Eddington (55) discuss their journey to political consciousness, the importance of finding common ground, the role of conflict in social change, and the responsibility to challenge our own...

Corey Harvard and Lisa Harvard

Corey Harvard (36) speaks to his mom, Lisa Harvard (61), about their relationship. Corey expresses gratitude to Lisa for the love she instilled in him throughout his childhood, giving him a family built on trust and respect. They discuss how...

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.