Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History

Audio Interview, Al Carmines, 1973
An interview with playwright and musical theatre director Al Carmines conducted by Bruce Jewell for the Green Thursday radio program. They discuss Carmines' latest play entitled "The Faggot" and the public responses to the production. In the interview, Carmines talks about the nature of producing a play in New York City, the formation of the Off-Off-Broadway plays, the connections of his production with the contemporary gay rights movement, obsessions with age and beauty in both the gay and straight communities, and the rise of gay churches. He also mentions the influence of Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, and Alice B. Toklas on his production., Audio Interview, Al Carmines, 1973, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6617
Audio Interview, Alan Davidson, June 1, 2012
Alan Davidson is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. He discusses his previous marriage to his late wife and his experiences coming out in the late 1970s. He talks about forming the Coalition for Change in response to Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaigns to promote discussion amongst gay and straight people. He talks about the impact of AIDS on Rochester, forming AIDS Rochester in Tara’s with Sue Cowell and Don Scillaia, and the organization’s first fundraiser at Friar’s. He speaks about organizing the annual gay picnic, his time as president of the Gay Alliance, and Gordon Urlacher’s role as the police liaison with the community. Throughout the interview he also reflects upon his Jewish heritage and the history of gay activism., Audio Interview, Alan Davidson, June 1, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6553
Audio Interview, Bess Watts and Anne Tischer, September 28, 2012
Bess Watts and Anne Tischer are interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. They were both gay activists for marriage equality. Watts was involved in the army six years prior to coming to Rochester. Both Watts and Tischer discuss when they first realized they were lesbians, respectively. They formed their relationship around 1994. Tischer worked at Xerox while Watts worked at Monroe Community College's library. They fought for equity in the workplace, especially where it concerned domestic partnership. They created a chapter of Pride at Work, which became a catalyst for both Tischer and Watts in their pursuit of domestic partner benefits advocacy. Both focused on educating the community and used the church to support marriage rights. They describe meeting Harry Branson and their impressions of Tom Privitere and Ove Overmeyer. Watts and Tischer were the first people in Rochester to ask for a marriage license and be refused; nevertheless, they were married by Jim Mulcahy and the Open Arms Church community. Toward the end of the interview, Watts and Tischer describe their lobbying strategies for same-sex marriage to Senators and legislators., Audio Interview, Bess Watts and Anne Tischer, September 28, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6643
Audio Interview, Betty Dwyer, July 19, 2012
An interview with Betty Dwyer conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino in which she discusses the challenges the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley has faced in trying to gain government funding and tax exemption as a non-profit organization. In particular, she speaks about her role in the distribution of federal funding from the Concentrated Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant to various organizations in Rochester, New York in the late 1970s. She speaks about the involvement of United Way and the Urban League, specifically Director William Johnson and Deputy Director Jeff Carlson, in the grant distribution. Dwyer goes into detail about the political challenges the Gay Alliance faced while trying to attain CETA funding. People noted as being heavily involved in the distribution of CETA funding to the Gay Alliance include City Council members Charles Schiano and Ruth Scott, Mayor Thomas Ryan, and religious opponent of the Gay Alliance Michael Macaluso., Audio Interview, Betty Dwyer, July 19, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6557
Audio Interview, Bill Destevens, February 15, 2012
Bill Destevens is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Destevens discusses how he came to Rochester in 1974. He describes his experience in the military as he was drafted in the Vietnam War in 1971. Destevens details that he was questioned if he was a homosexual, but he answered in the negative so that he would serve. However, in his experience, Destevens felt that it was comfortable being gay in the army. His fellow soldiers were aware and being a homosexual was not considered derogatory. Destevens then transitions to describing Jim's bar briefly. Toward the end of his interview, Destevens discusses his need for connecting to his faith, but reveals that he had trouble reconciling it with the church's view on homosexuality. This leads Destevens to Dignity-Integrity. Destevens describes what people were looking for at Dignity-Integrity and how the organization contributed to the spiritual, social, and political elements of Rochester., Audio Interview, Bill Destevens, February 15, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6555
Audio Interview, Bill Giancursio, April 27, 2012
An interview with Bill Giancursio conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. In this interview, Giancursio describes growing up in Rochester and coming out. He discusses his experiences becoming involved in the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester, working on the Empty Closet with Tim Mains and Michael Robertson, and contributing as a graphic designer. He also talks about homophobia and stereotypes within the gay community and within Rochester, and his involvement with the Rochester Gay Men's Chorus., Audio Interview, Bill Giancursio, April 27, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6561
Audio Interview, Bill Johnson
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Audio Interview, Bill Johnson, October 22, 2012
Bill Johnson is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. This is an incomplete recording. In this excerpt, Johnson discusses the challenges the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley faced when applying for funding from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) grant. Johnson, then the head of the Urban League, shares his memories of his efforts to ensure that the Gay Alliance received grant funding., Audio Interview, Bill Johnson, October 22, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:11279
Audio Interview, Bill Pritchard, February 16, 2012
An interview with Bill Pritchard, former President of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley and the second openly gay person elected to city council in Rochester, conducted by Evelyn Bailey. He discusses the political and social environment surrounding the LGBT community in the United States in the 1990s and his involvement in the Rochester Lesbian and Gay Political Caucus. Pritchard speaks about the AIDS epidemic, serving in the military in the mid-1980s, and becoming involved in AIDS Rochester. He also speaks about how Rochester has changed over time, the significance of the ImageOut film festival, and what challenges the gay community may face in the future., Audio Interview, Bill Pritchard, February 16, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6578
Audio Interview, Bill Valenti, December 16, 2012
Dr. Bill Valenti is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino about the history of HIV/AIDS in Rochester. Dr. Valenti first describes his personal life and coming out in Rochester, but spends most of the interview sharing the development of HIV/AIDS research, treatment, and facilities. An important point of discussion is his involvement in the establishing the first HIV clinic in Rochester in 1989. The interview then covers ongoing research, possibilities for the eradication of HIV, and the presence of HIV/AIDS in Rochester at the time of the interview., Audio Interview, Bill Valenti, December 16, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6638
Audio Interview, Bob Crystal, December 7, 2011
Bob Crystal is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Bob Crystal came to Rochester around 1971 and became involved in local gay activism when he met Patti Evans and Bob Osborn at Jim's bar while they were handing out issues of the Empty Closet. Crystal describes the culture and clients at Jim's, then moves on to discuss his activism. Crystal describes the Gay Liberation Front in Rochester and his role in the Speakers Bureau. He describes starting the Green Thursday radio program with Bruce Jewell. Crystal describes how Patti Evans took over for Green Thursdays on alternate Wednesdays, and started Lesbian Nation. Crystal describes working for the Gay Alliance from 1977 to 1979. Toward the end of his interview, Crystal sheds light on the AIDS epidemic and his own experiences returning to the Episcopal Church and coming to terms with religion., Audio Interview, Bob Crystal, December 7, 2011, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6551
Audio Interview, Bob Dardano, July 30, 2011
Bob Dardano is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey for his experience on the board of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley from 1981-1986. In his interview, he talks about the early years of his life and how he came to discover that he was gay around the age of ten. Dardano explains that he first learned the word "homosexual" in middle school and that there was no real vocabulary to describe bring LGBT growing up. Dardano proceeds to detail his adult life and his contributions to the Empty Closet. He also describes his political involvement in Rochester with the 26th LC-GLOBE Committee and Tim Mains' campaign. He speaks to gay activism in the city, with figures such as Sue Cowell and Midge Costanza and events like the Gay Picnic in Genesee Valley Park. Towards the end of the interview, Dardano discusses "looking" and "seeing" gay in popular culture, such as the icon of the drag queen. Dardano also states what he considers his greatest accomplishments in gay activism and talks about archiving physical copies of the Empty Closet., Audio Interview, Bob Dardano, July 30, 2011, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6552
Audio Interview, Bob Day, March 30, 2012
Robert (Bob) Day discusses being a gay man of color in Rochester during his young adulthood, which extends into a conversation about being black and gay in the military and in small towns throughout the US. He then goes further into describing his military service, particularly his time in Stuttgart, Germany. Day provides many details and gossip about the bars in Rochester, including Ma Martin's, Martha's, Dick's (before it was Dick's 43), Rustic, and Avenue Pub. The conversation then focuses back on Rochester, including its history of racial tension during the 1960s. Day also discusses his social, professional, and religious life in Rochester, including what it's like being a part of the gay community as an elder man. The conversation wraps up with Day’s coming out story, his sobriety after alcoholism, and his hopes for the future., Audio Interview, Bob Day, March 30, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6554
Audio Interview, Bob Sweeney, September 8, 2012
Bob Sweeney is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Sweeney discusses his activities with the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in the early-mid 1970s. He discusses the process of grant writing and administrative approval for gathering funds as well as the purpose of the Gay Brotherhood, an organization that he was a part of. He also provides information on organizations like the Urban League, Gay Liberation Front, activism in the University of Rochester, and the Genesee Co-op. Sweeney then talks about his perceptions of discrimination as a gay man in Rochester. Sweeney also speaks to his own circumstances in becoming aware of his sexuality, as he only realized he was gay after he divorced his wife. He then goes into detail to describe what prompted the divorce and discusses family relations. At the end of his interview, Sweeney reflects on whether or not he is proud of being a gay man, and his involvement in the Gay Picnic at Genesee Valley Park., Audio Interview, Bob Sweeney, September 8, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6640
Audio Interview, Bruce Clark, June 5, 2013
Bruce Clark is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Clark discusses the contemporary (2013) gay community in Interlaken, New York as well as the state of the gay community in Rochester when he was growing up in the 1940s and the 1950s. Clark describes what it was like being out while going to school and working and his experiences hiding his sexuality. He talks about his difficulties with his family and establishing a sense of identity through known terminology. Then, he discusses how he met gay men in Rochester, mentioning the bar life at Ma Martin's (his thoughts on Ma Martin, the owner), Dick's 43 on Front Street (his view of Martha Gruttadauria), and the Alan House on Alan Street. He also describes the restaurants Town & Country and The Southerner which were also gay-friendly. Toward the end of the interview, Clark describes how he met his partner of thirty-eight years and then gives some advice for today's youth about the direction that gay activism should take., Audio Interview, Bruce Clark, June 5, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6540
Audio Interview, Bruce Hanson, February 19, 2012
Reverend Bruce Hanson is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Hanson tells the story of the formation of Dignity-Integrity in Rochester. He was the rector of St. Luke's Church from 1973 to 1980. Father Szymanksi, a curate at St. Thomas Church, started a weekly meeting for gay men on Sunday afternoons. Both the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches used an office space to hold Sunday worship on an alternate weekly plan. Dignity-Integrity was also joined by gay men and women from the Presbyterian church. Father Bruce revealed approved gay weddings within the church, which were the first openly celebrated commitments in Rochester., Audio Interview, Bruce Hanson, February 19, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6565
Audio Interview, Bruce Voeller, June 23, 1973
An interview conducted for the Green Thursday radio program by Bruce Jewell with Dr. Bruce Voeller, President of the New York Gay Activists Alliance (GAA). Dr. Voeller talks about the American Medical Association and disputes theories of biological differences between homosexuals and heterosexuals. The differences between different civil rights movements as well as different methods of protesting, specifically, the form of public demonstration popularized by the GAA known as a zap are also discussed. Throughout the interview, both men highlight the important role of publicity in the gay rights movement, both in newspapers and on television. Voeller describes his recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jack Paar alongside other members of the GAA including Nath Rockwell and Ronald Gold as well as City Councilman Robert Wagner., Audio Interview, Bruce Voeller, June 23, 1973, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6517
Audio Interview, Cindy Burch and Margaret Mary Lau, February 24, 2012
Cindy Burch and Margaret Mary Lau are interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. While Mary Margaret Lau offers some insight, this interview is primarily focused on Cindy Burch (Lau has her own interview in this collection). Burch was involved in Dignity-Integrity despite not being Baptist or Catholic. In her interview, Burch discusses how she dealt with myths about homosexuality and its perceived relationship to the church. Burch describes how Bob Kennedy visited Dignity-Integrity and the role of Dignity-Integrity from 1976 to 1981 in educating/enlightening the public about the gay community of Rochester and dispelling gay stereotypes. Burch details how the leaders welcome people and what people who came to Dignity-Integrity were like. Burch also reveals that Dignity-Integrity's purpose was to emphasize church attendance instead of orchestrating social events. Burch felt that there was a need to support gay Catholics in Rochester., Audio Interview, Cindy Burch and Margaret Mary Lau, February 24, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6543
Audio Interview, Cynthia Woolbright, January 30, 2012
An interview with Cynthia Woolbright conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Woolbright speaks about how she became involved in social justice activism and community development through her family and discusses her efforts to establish alumni groups at the University of Rochester for African American students we well as for gay and lesbian students in the 1970s. She talks about mixed public reactions to the groups' establishment. She also discusses Jackie Nudd, Paula Silvestrone, Jeff Cost, her involvement in AIDS Rochester (now Trillium Health) and Helping People with Aids, and various fundraising events that she has held., Audio Interview, Cynthia Woolbright, January 30, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6639
Audio Interview, Dan Meyers, May 21, 2012
Dan Meyers is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey for his involvement in raising funds for Rochester's non-profit organization, Helping People with AIDS (HPA). He describes the Dining for Dollars event, organized by himself, Jerry Algozer, William Valenti, and Neil Parisella, which raised funds for uninsured AIDS persons. Meyers speaks to other health organizations in Rochester such as the Infectious Disease Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, ACT UP, AIDS Action Committee, and the National AIDS Variety Show. He also discusses his position in Al Sigl and then transitions to detailing his background growing up in the Rochester area and frequenting Martha's and Ma Martin's. Meyers discusses how he negotiated LGBTQ awareness with his experiences in high school and how he connected with members of that community in Rochester. At the end of the interview, Meyers reflects on the past forty years as a gay activist and reveals his visions for the future of Rochester's gay community., Audio Interview, Dan Meyers, May 21, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6571
Audio Interview, Dan Sapper, November 28, 2012
In this interview, Dan Sapper discusses the beginnings of the Lamda Network at Kodak in 1992. He shares a description of how the members of the Lambda Network invited the leaders of Kodak to participate in a workshop regarding gay and lesbian employees at Kodak, the difficulties in creating an equal environment for Kodak employees, and the development of safe spaces for LGBT employees at Kodak. He then discusses the future of Lamda Network now that Kodak is in a financial crisis., Audio Interview, Dan Sapper, November 28, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6593
Audio Interview, Dantaee Williams, May 8, 2013
Dantaee Williams is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Williams recalls his role in the Gay Alliance youth group when he was sixteen years old, around 2009. He discusses how he had the task of being discriminated against as an African American and for his sexual orientation. Through his work with the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Williams participated in awareness events such as the Day of Silence and the Big Gay Prom in Rochester. Due to his activism efforts, Williams was able to meet President Barack Obama. In the later half of his interview, Williams describes drag culture and his own participation at Tilt Night Club. He describes some of the figures that inspired him locally (Kyla Minx and Samantha Vega) as well as those who were celebrity figures (Ru Paul, and Dede Dura). Williams ends his interview by discussing the need for awareness of transgender individuals and the establishment of gender neutral bathrooms., Audio Interview, Dantaee Williams, May 8, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6589
Audio Interview, Dean Hannotte, undated
The first part of an interview recorded for the Green Thursday radio program conducted by Bruce Jewell with Dean Hannotte, one of the founders of the Ninth Street Center in New York City, which provided counseling services primarily geared towards homosexuals. Hannotte speaks about his relationship with the other founder of the counseling center, Paul Rosenfels, and the theories behind their counseling methods. Rosenfels' book "Homosexuality: The Psychology of the Creative Process" is examined. Hannotte also discusses gender roles, the nature of masculinity and femininity, and how they impact modern perceptions of homosexuality.
Audio Interview, Dean Hannotte, undated
The second part of an interview recorded for the Green Thursday radio program conducted by Bruce Jewell with Dean Hannotte, one of the founders of the Ninth Street Center in New York City, which provided counseling services primarily geared towards homosexuals. Hannotte discusses his counseling methods and use of group therapy to promote personal growth. He talks about how his approach towards working with gay men and women differs from that of other counseling centers in New York City. Jewell and Hannotte also examine the relationship between the counseling center and the political aspects of the gay rights movement.
Audio Interview, Denise Finnerty and Courtney Miche, June 5, 2013
Denise Finnerty and Courtney Miche are interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Finnerty and Miche begin the interview by describing how they came out and discussing whether or not they had any resources in Rochester than enabled them to connect with other lesbians. Finnerty describes joining the Gay Alliance and its youth center. They discuss their work with the Empire State Pride Agenda for marriage equality and the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA). Both describe the influence of Anne Tischer and Bess Watts, a prominent lesbian couple in Rochester who advocated for marriage equality. Finnerty and Miche also name Jo and Christina Melecca Voigt as sources of inspiration for their own activism. Toward the end of the interview, Finnerty and Denise state that are in the middle of working on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act and discuss the significance of being an ally for the transgender community., Audio Interview, Denise Finnerty and Courtney Miche, June 5, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6560
Audio Interview, Diane Conway, March 23, 2013
Diane Conway is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Conway speaks to the experiences of growing up as an African American lesbian and leaving home at the age of sixteen. She was a member of the Gay Alliance Youth Group in the mid 1980s. Conway reveals that she learned of the youth group from a listing in the Empty Closet. She discusses her relationship with her family and the importance of upbringing and education. Conway talks about her friends in the community from local stores as well as universities such as the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Conway also discusses the issues with non-inclusivity and the difficulties of being a gay woman-of-color. She briefly talks about SUITS (Sisters United in Two Spirits) which she formed alongside a Native American friend. Towards the end of the interview, Conway discusses the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and how it is perceived by society now., Audio Interview, Diane Conway, March 23, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6549
Audio Interview, Don, undated
An interview conducted for the Green Thursday radio program by Bruce Jewell with an unknown man named Don in Buffalo, New York about his personal experiences coming out and living as an openly gay man in Buffalo and Rochester, New York as well as in San Francisco, California. Don discusses his decision to change careers and go from being a hairdresser to working in a foundry. The interview deals with issues relating to masculinity, coming out of the closet, being out in the workplace, and establishing safe meeting places for homosexual men and women., Audio Interview, Don, undated, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6524
Audio Interview, Dorr Williams, September 4, 2013
An interview with Dorr Williams conducted by Evelyn Bailey. Williams discusses growing up as a teenager in Rochester in the late 1940s and the changes he has observed in the city and in the gay community over the years. He talks about Front Street, Ma Martin's, George Eastman, and his work as a florist. He also shares his memories about his experience as a soldier in the Korean War and living in New York City for a few years before returning to Rochester. Williams mentions that he was in New York City during the Stonewall Riots., Audio Interview, Dorr Williams, September 4, 2013, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6624
Audio Interview, Elizabeth Bell, February 7, 2012
Elizabeth "Liz" Bell, an original member of the Gay Liberation Front from 1970-1971, is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Bell discusses being involved in the early planning stages for the GLF and her experiences in the newly formed organization. Bell talks about the conflict in the group, claiming that there were tensions with other lesbian feminists who did not want to share a platform with gay men activists. Bell similarly explains that there was a divide between the gay/lesbian communities and communities with people of color. Bell also details why the men and women's choirs in Rochester were separate, which was due to disagreements on leadership roles. As her interview progresses, Bell discusses her own experience coming out and the importance of the GLF in her life. Toward the end of the interview, Bell discusses the transformation of the ImageOut film festival over time and the challenges that gay youths face., Audio Interview, Elizabeth Bell, February 7, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6542
Audio Interview, Emily Jones, April 17, 2012
Emily Jones is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey about her experience working at Lambda at Kodak. She discusses the creation of the first Employee Resource Group at Kodak and how her interactions with figures such as George Fischer and Elizabeth Birch helped bring about change in the workplace for LGBT employees. She also talks about how she came to be involved in groups such as Out & Equal, Empire State Pride Agenda, Human Rights Campaign, and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley., Audio Interview, Emily Jones, April 17, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6568
Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973
In this part of the interview, Bruce Jewell interviews Fred about the gender dynamics of a commune, sexism in the commune, the differences between a collective and a commune, and the conflicts between gays and straights in the commune. This is an edited version of Audio Interview, Fred, 1973: Part One., Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973 : Part One (edit), Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6510
Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973
In this part of the interview, Bruce Jewell interviews Fred about the gender dynamics of a commune, sexism in the commune, the differences between a collective and a commune, and the conflicts between gays and straights in the commune. An edited version of this recording with better sound quality can be found at Audio Interview, Fred, 1973: Part One (edit)., Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973 : Part One, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6513
Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973
A man named Fred, who is a PhD student at the University of Buffalo, describes his participation in and study of American communes. He describes working communes, political communes, and rural communes, and how these different groups function. He also describes how different kinds of communes have different projects. Fred then shares what he believes is necessary to form and be part of a commune. Another version of this portion of the interview can be found at Audio Interview, Fred, 1973: Part Two., Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973 : Part Two (edit), Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6511
Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973
An interview with an unknown man named Fred conducted by Bruce Jewell for the Green Thursday radio program. Fred, a PhD student at the University of Buffalo, describes his participation in and study of American communes. He describes working communes, political communes, and rural communes, and how these different groups function. He also describes how different kinds of communes have different projects. Fred then shares what he believes is necessary to form and be part of a commune. Another version of this portion of the interview can be found at Audio Interview, Fred, 1973: Part Two (edit)., Audio Interview, Fred, November 28, 1973 : Part Two, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6514
Audio Interview, Gary Sweet, July 28, 2012
An interview with Gary Sweet, the owner of the Avenue Pub on Monroe Avenue in Rochester, New York, conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Sweet discusses the gay bar scene in Rochester through the 1970s to the present and his own experiences with the Avenue Pub. He talks at length about Martha Gruttadauria, the co-owner of Dick's 43 Lounge. Other bars discussed include: Rosie's, The Forum, Riverview, and 212 Colvin. He discusses some of the challenges he and others faced as owners of gay bars including a heavy police presence as well as violence and harassment towards patrons. He shares his views of how the gay community, and the role of gay bars within the community, has changed over time. Sweet also describes the professional and personal impact of the AIDS epidemic on him and how he became involved in AIDS Rochester (now Trillium Health) with Bill Valenti and Dan Meyers., Audio Interview, Gary Sweet, July 28, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:11281
Audio Interview, Gin Shear and Sue Slate, September 11, 2012
In this interview, Ginny Shear and Sue Slate are interviewed by Evelyn Bailey at their home in Le Roy, New York. Most of their conversation circulates around Shear and Slate's involvement with charity motorcycle rides that raised money for breast cancer research. These rides and their affiliated groups include the 1993 Women's Arctic Tour Ride for Research on behalf of Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Pony Express, and Moving Violations (Shear and Slate's motorcycle club). They also discuss the formation of a women's motorcycle festival, which brought women motorcyclists together to go on rides, take part in workshops, and raise money for charity. In terms of their personal lives, Shear and Slate discuss how they met, their involvement in the Lesbian Resource Center and Lesbian Mothers Group, and their struggle with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)., Audio Interview, Gin Shear and Sue Slate, September 11, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6641
Audio Interview, Hector Arguinzoni, April 20, 2012
Hector Arguinzoni discusses his early life as a closeted gay Latino man and his family's move to Rochester, New York. He describes his role in Rochester's bar and nightclub scene, where he was an active DJ at several venues. The bars and venues discussed include The Red Carpet, Jim's, Peabody's, Rathskeller, Friar's, Avenue Pub, and Tara's. Hector provides a history of these different venues and shares information about the employees and the clients., Audio Interview, Hector Arguinzoni, April 20, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6537
Audio Interview, J. Ernest Du Bois, March 22, 2012
J. Ernest Du Bois is interviewed by Kevin Indovino and Evelyn Bailey. He discusses his life as a gay man in Rochester from the late 1930s and 1940s (pre-Stonewall era) to the late 1970s. He worked as a banker and educator, retiring from School Without Walls in the 1980s. Du Bois describes the comforts and limits of gay life in Rochester particularly with the gay bar scene. He talks about Dick's 43 at Front Street and his relations with non-gay members of society such as Martha Gruttadauria, Hawley Ward, and women from the University of Rochester. He also talks about his younger brother who was also gay and came out to him. Du Bois transitions to politics, discussing the sexuality of former mayors such as Samuel Dicker, Peter Barry, and Stephen May. He also describes his experiences with church activism. Du Bois also delves a bit deeper into dating dynamics by talking about bathhouses in Fairport and downtown Rochester which served as an alternative to bars as popular "hookup" spots for gay men., Audio Interview, J. Ernest Du Bois, March 22, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6556
Audio Interview, Jamie and Sally Whitbeck, September 17, 2012
Jamie and Sally Whitbeck are interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. They reveal what inspired them, as a heterosexual couple, to get involved in the LGBT community in Rochester. The Whitbecks describe how racism and discrimination operated within different communities and how they got involved with the Gay Alliance. They also describe attending Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) events on Chestnut Street and their interactions with Larry Champoux who worked at Pyramid Arts. The Whitbecks discuss how they arranged five-six movies for the ImageOut film festivals and the impact of ImageOut on Rochester's gay community., Audio Interview, Jamie and Sally Whitbeck, September 17, 2012, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6642
Audio Interview, Janice Epp, August 8, 1974
An interview with Janice Epp conducted by Bruce Jewell for the Green Thursday radio program. Epp discusses the Erotic Art Museum in San Francisco, California which she claims was, at the time, the only museum of erotic art in the world. She describes the museum's history, its beginnings as an educational component of the Genesis Church and Ecumenical Center and its National Sex Forum, and the museum's Kronhausen Collection donated by Drs. Phyllis and Eberhard Kronhausen. In the interview, Epp talks about the nature of erotic art and film, and gay erotic art and films in particular, as well as the importance of sex education. She also describes Dr. David Reuben's visit to the museum. This recording is a duplicate of Audio Interview, Janice Epp, August 8, 1974: Copy Two., Audio Interview, Janice Epp, August 8, 1974 : Copy One, Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History Project, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester https://digitalcollections.lib.rochester.edu/islandora/object/ur:6519