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...

Jim McCarthy – Part 1 – Jim has been a part of Dayton's LGBTQ community since the 1980s and has helped shape and guide it in many ways.

Jim tells the story of his own coming out process and how he has helped shape/guide the Dayton LGBTQ community through important pivotal periods and events since the 1980s, including a protest that led to the ouster of the editor...

Interview with My Dad

My father and I talked about his childhood along with mine.

Part 1: Lesbian life in Dayton, Ohio: Janice James started coming out in Dayton at age 13 in the 1960s. Hear her story of life in Dayton.

Janice James started coming out as a lesbian at age 13 with her first love for a neighbor girl in the 1960s. Since then, she’s survived stigma, mental health struggles, intimate partner abuse, a name change and ultimately a life...

A Conversation About Life

A conversation with my aunt about her life and the things she went through. From her biggest dreams that could’ve been accomplished to her constant jobs she had when she was younger while being a single mother. The importance of...

Interviewing Boppa about childhood and army

We talked about his childhood, how he was always getting in trouble before he found his love for books and sports, and then his time in the army as an air force doctor.

Mom Interview

We talked about how we were raised & growing up

Conversation with Grandpa Ron

About his life and how he has gotten to where he is today.

The gay husbands and founders of Dayton's The Rubi Girls and Square One Salon share their coming out story and starting The Rubi Girls

From humble beginnings and prior careers, Josh Stucky and Brent Johnson have become one of Dayton Ohio’s “power” couples. They have built a business and become a force for community development, change and charity.

Fred Poland tells the story of how he founded the Dayton Gay Men's Chorus and the journey since then.

Fred Poland started the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus in 2003 and has helped lead the Chorus to become of one of Dayton’s most revered cultural/arts organizations. The Chorus has served as refuge and family for its members and helped create...

Lee Perry shares his journey as an African-American gay male leader and as former drag performer Leigh Montgomery in Dayton, Ohio (Part 1)

Black gay men must be seen, heard, affirmed and respected. Lee Perry has worked for years to help accomplish that — from serving on the board of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, helping plan the annual Pride parade, and now...

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