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...

Larry Dearmon & Stephen Mills

“One reason I love you so much is you know what I went through and you don’t feel threatened.” Larry Dearmon and Stephen Mills first met during the height of the AIDS epidemic. At StoryCorps, they looked back on the...

Exploring memories of the AIDS crisis

My father and I talked about his memories of the aides crisis. My intentions were to find out how different people of this time period reacted to the crisis.

Part 2: The gay husbands and founders of Dayton's The Rubi Girls and Square One Salon share their journey with helping their community.

Brent Johnson and Josh Stucky have become a powerful force for good in the Dayton Ohio area and beyond. They started their social justice drag troupe in their apartment attic and over the last several years have raised more than...

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George Bickford and Karen Morris

George Bickford (72) talks to his new friend Karen Morris (45) about being a gay man in the US Air Force in the 1970s. He remembers attitudes on homosexuality in the Military in the 1970s as "tolerant." He describes the...

Joy

I weave my life into the greater story of 1934 to the present, the Great Depression, rural America, the child games we played, while man I would marry fire bombed Tokyo,the second world war, repression of the 1950s,west coast jitters...

Harold Kooden PhD for Stonewall Outloud (Part 2)

The year's following Stonewall, the AIDS crisis, the joining of AIDS organizations, and the creation of the UN's first openly gay NGO

An Interview of my Grandmother: Life from the 1950s to the 2000s

Makenna Turner interviews her grandmother, Barbara Furlong, about her life from her childhood in the 1950s/60s to her adulthood in the 1970s to 2000s. Barbara recounts her time growing up in Hollywood, California and the influences of the Cold War...

Jay and Robert

Gay life in the New York City theatre world in the 1980’s and the impact of HIV and AIDS

Why do I like Aquaman instead of Wonder Woman? I didn’t know what was ‘wrong’ with me.

David Radford first had an inkling that he was gay at eight years old. While watching Super Friends, he found himself attracted to Aquaman – not Wonder Woman, like his friends. David discusses the Shreveport gay party scene, Southern Decadence,...

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Jason Loper and Amy Short

Jason Loper (43) and his friend Amy Short (43) reflect on their many years of friendship and remember when they came out to each other twenty-five years ago.

My first patient with what became known as AIDS

In 1981, I saw a young gay man with big lymph glands..it was the start of GRID/AIDS.

Monnie Who Was Not Afraid

91 year old Monnie talks about her life of activism and how she was inspired by her parents who part of the suffrage movement.

Proud Papa to New Priests

Paulist Fr. Rich Colgan’s ministries have addressed some of the modern era’s most pressing needs. He's journeyed with and buried AIDS patients in the 1980s in New York. He's listened to Catholics reeling from clergy sex abuse in Boston. He...

50 Years of Love and Stonewall

Bobby Soletto recounts his experience as a go go dancer at the Stonewall Inn on June 28th 1969 and 50 years of life with his husband.