Rochester, New York Voices of LGBT History

Audio Interview, Peter Fisher, 1974
Bruce Jewell interview Peter Fisher (writer, musician, activist) about the lives of gay people in the present and throughout history. They discuss the oppositions to gay rights in New York, including the efforts to pass several bills. They also discuss the need for gay popular media, the connection between the gay rights movement and women's liberation movement, and Fisher's new novel. Another version of this interview can be found at Audio Interview, Peter Fisher, 1974: Version One., Audio Interview, Peter Fisher, 1974 : Version 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:6629
Audio Interview, R.J. Alcala, June 1, 2012
Robert (R.J.) Alcala is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Alcala discusses his experiences as a member of the Gay Liberation Front in Rochester from its inception in 1970 until his departure from Rochester in 1972. Prior to that, he discusses his time in Rochester as a gay activist since the late 1960s. Alcala also reveals how the Empty Closet received its name and how it was disseminated in 1972. Alcala discusses local gay bars and methods of supporting gay activism. He mentions key figures such as Larry Fine, Patti Evans, Bob Osborn, Karen Hagberg, and others with whom he formed friendships with while working for gay rights. He describes his time at the Eastman School of Music and details his perceptions of gay life in Rochester with the influence of the Kinsey Report and Stonewall-era. Alcala additionally discusses the first gay picnic in Genesee Valley Park as well as the first gay dance at Todd Union., Audio Interview, R.J. Alcala, 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:6535
Audio Interview, Ralph Carter, April 1, 2012
An interview with Ralph Carter, an board member of GALAXe Pride at Work at Xerox and a member of the Third Presbyterian Church, conducted by Evelyn Bailey. Carter shares his experiences coming to Rochester in the late 1970s, learning about the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, and becoming involved in Rochester's religious community as a gay man. He talks about his involvement in Dignity-Integrity, Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, and starting CREATE Justice (Church's Responsibility to Educate and Advocate Toward Equality) and the LGBT Support Group (now Born This Way) at the Third Presbyterian Church. He discusses the history of tension between the Presbyterian church and homosexuality, the establishment of More Light churches, and Virginia Davidson and Jane Spahr's contributions to promoting equality within the church., Audio Interview, Ralph Carter, April 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:6545
Audio Interview, Ramona Santorelli, December 28, 2012
Ramona Santorelli discusses Rochester's lesbian community in the 1980s. She begins by detailing her background in basketball at Fordham and St. John Fischer's. She briefly talks about the relationship between religion (Catholicism) and lesbianism and how those interactions had shaped her identity while she was traveling about Mississippi and Iowa. Santorelli goes more in depth with the relationship between the Lesbian Activist Movement and Women's Rights Movement in her era. She then discusses Topfree 7, a movement she and and a few other feminists created in 1986 to assert women's autonomy over their bodies. Some of the women who advocated alongside her were Susan David, Mary Lou Schloss, etc. Santorelli recounts how she and her friends were arrested for civil disobedience and describes her interactions with the police. Towards the end of her interview, Santorelli discusses her participation in Amazon Utopia and the Lesbian Fashion show and how her activism led her to an interview on the Donahue Show in 1986., Audio Interview, Ramona Santorelli, December 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:6584
Audio Interview, Robert Harris, May 18, 2012
In this interview, Robert Harris discusses his experience the night of the Stonewall Inn riot and the evening after. He then shares his coming out story and his beginnings of living as a gay man in Rochester. The conversation the turns to the description of his relationships and turning to celibacy because of the rise of AIDS at large, his role as a gay teacher, the history of gay bars in Rochester, and his eventual life in Rochester as an older gay man., Audio Interview, Robert Harris, May 18, 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:6566
Audio Interview, Ronald Gold, June 23, 1973
An interview recorded for the Green Thursday radio program conducted by Bruce Jewell with Ronald Gold, a member of the News and Media Relations Committee of the Gay Activists Alliance in New York City. They discuss the importance of publicity in the gay rights movement, the concept of propaganda, and the current level of media coverage the movement is receiving both in print and on television. Gold speaks about his work for the Gay Activists Alliance and the changing attitudes towards homosexuality in religious organizations and in the American Psychiatric Association. Law reforms in New York and California pertaining to homosexual rights are also mentioned in the interview.
Audio Interview, Shauna O'Toole, April 10, 2014
An interview with Shauna O'Toole conducted by Evelyn Bailey. O'Toole discusses her experiences coming out as transgender and its impact on her life both professionally and personally. She talks at length about her time working as a high school teacher in Sodus, New York and the challenges and discrimination she faced after she decided to come out. She mentions the books that she has written about her personal experiences and her efforts to establish support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in different areas of upstate New York such as Wayne County, Sodus, Baldwinsville, and Rochester., Audio Interview, Shauna O'Toole, April 10, 2014, 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:6575
Audio Interview, Stanley Byrd, April 5, 2013
Stanley Byrd is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Byrd was a student at the University of Rochester from 1972 to 1974 and, at the time of the interview, was working at the University of Rochester as an organizational development specialist. He describes Rochester and the gay community in the 1970s, as he came out in 1975 at the age of 21. Byrd then explains how he contributed to the Empty Closet and heard of the Gay Liberation Front. Byrd discusses his involvement in AIDS Rochester. He shares his views on the challenges of being gay and African American. He speaks about the conflicts between religious organizations and homosexuals of color. Byrd then talks about his involvement with MOCHA in 1996 and becoming the first board member. Byrd reveals that he opened a home for disabled children in Penfield in 1979., Audio Interview, Stanley Byrd, April 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:6544
Audio Interview, Sue Cowell, January 23, 2012
An interview with Sue Cowell conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Cowell talks about her experiences becoming involved in the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, writing for the Empty Closet, and the tension between the gay movement and the feminist movement. She shares her memories of participating in the 1978 Rally for Human Rights organized to oppose Anita Bryant's scheduled appearance in Rochester. Cowell discusses the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Rochester and the national gay rights movement. She goes into detail about establishing AIDS Rochester (later to merge with AIDS Care to form Trillium Health) with Bill Valenti and Jackie Nudd. She also speaks about working as a campaign manager for multiple New York State elections including those for Tim Mains and Susan John. Cowell ends the interview by discussing her views of the current state of Rochester's LGBT community., Audio Interview, Sue Cowell, January 23, 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:6550
Audio Interview, Susan Jordan, October 25, 2012
Susan Jordan is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Jordan traces the trajectory of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. As editor of the Empty Closet, Jordan covered news about the gay community for ten years. She discusses how she came to Rochester in 1972 and dealt with the issue of censorship within the Empty Closet. Jordan speaks to other newspapers in the city such as the New Women's Times and the women involved (Maxine Sobel and Karen Hagberg) as well as the Democrat & Chronicle. She also focuses on gay visibility over the course of twenty years by discussing the pride parade, gay marriage, the Youth Day of Action, volunteer work, radicalism, and advertisements. Jordan then draws connections between women's movements (such as Take Back the Night marches) and gay rights (AIDS advocacy, ACT-UP). Jordan ends her interview by discussing the relationship between feminism and anti-trans attitudes; she emphasizes the prevalence of the "Drag queen stereotype" and the danger that stereotypes pose to public perceptions of gay culture., Audio Interview, Susan Jordan, October 25, 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:6644
Audio Interview, Thomas Privitere, January 3, 2013
In this interview, Thomas Privitere discusses the relationship between domestic partnership benefits in the labor movement with gay marriage and how the former acted as a precursory influence on the latter. He then goes on to talk about the formation of GALAXe Pride at Work through the SEIU. The conversation then turns to the the work towards granting domestic partnership benefits to the LGBT community and the straight community within the workplace. He then talks about the future of activism within the LGBT community and beyond (disability rights, immigrant rights, etc). Finally, Privitere shares some of his personal history in Rochester., Audio Interview, Tom Privitere, January 3, 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:6583
Audio Interview, Thomas Warfield, September 18, 2012
Thomas Warfield is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Warfield, a Rochester native, describes how he started frequenting bars when he was around 16-17 years old in the mid-1970s. He noted bars such as Friar's, Jim's, and Tara's. Warfield, a gay man of African-American descent, distinguishes the differences between racial and sexual discrimination. Warfield also discusses how eh went to the first ACT UP meeting and became involved in the World's AIDS Day concerts. Warfield was also a member of the Community Advisory Board and formed an orphanage in China. Warfield spent a great deal of his time in New York City, and he details the differences between the responses of the gay communities to AIDS in both New York City and Rochester. Warfield ends his interview by discussing the community support and spirit that he admired in Rochester., Audio Interview, Thomas Warfield, September 18, 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:11285
Audio Interview, Tilda Hunting, August 27, 2013
Tilda Hunting is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. Hunting grew up in an era when Gay Liberation was in the process of its formation in Rochester. Hunting came out around the mid-1960s. She recalls that she was a feminist and was involved with the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the early 1970s. Hunting talks about frequenting The Riverview and interacting with Lou the bartender. She also went to the Gay Alliance meetings with the Speakers Bureau. Hunting informs that high schools in Rochester did not want the Speakers Bureau to present to students, but they spoke at colleges like Nazareth, St. John Fischer, Monroe Community College, etc. Hunting participated in Take Back the Night marches and was involved with the Lesbian Resource Center at the GAGV. Hunting ends by discussing the process of marrying her partner, Robin, and reflects on her feminist icons such as Mary Breckenridge and Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes, and Susan B. Anthony., Audio Interview, Tilda Hunting, August 27, 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:6567
Audio Interview, Tim Mains, January 20, 2012
An interview with Tim Mains conducted by Kevin Indovino and Evelyn Bailey. Mains discusses growing up in Indiana and his early inclination towards social justice activism. His shares his memories of moving to Rochester and becoming employed as a high school teacher in Greece, New York. He then goes on to discuss becoming involved with the Gay Liberation Front at the University of Rochester and the Empty Closet. Mains also talks about his involvement in politics and his time serving on the Rochester City Council. He discusses the challenges the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley faced when applying for grant funding from the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and the role of Bill Johnson and the Urban League in ensuring that the organization received funding., Audio Interview, Tim Mains, January 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:6570
Audio Interview, Tim Tompkins, August 23, 2011
Tim Tompkins is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Tompkins describes the 1960s and '70s as formative years, as he came out to his family and became involved with the gay community. Tompkins also talks about the opening of Friar's around 1970 and Jesse Vulo, who ran the bar until he became ill with AIDS. Tompkins also discusses Stephen May, a gay major in Rochester, and Gordon Urlacher, who was the police liaison for the gay community. Tompkins then describes how he opened The Liberty and the process of owning and financing nightclubs in the city. Tompkins also talks about figures such as Jackie Nudd, Paula Silvestrone, and Jay Redman, who played integral roles in AIDS Rochester. Tompkins explains some of the funding issues that AIDS Rochester, Helping People with AIDS, and Community Health Network all had to deal with. Tompkins then discusses the termination of HPA and the what he perceives might be the future of AIDS care in Rochester., Audio Interview, Tim Tompkins, August 23, 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:11283
Audio Interview, Todd Plank, April 6, 2013
In this interview, Evelyn Bailey interviews Todd Plank about his role as an activist for LGBT rights within the workplace. They discuss Plank’s introduction to the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, followed by his working with corporations and organizations on LGBT training. The conversation then turns toward the progress towards the decriminalization of homosexuality (sodomy) and the changes this enacted. Planks then shares a history of pride groups within the workforce at large and his involvement with them. He also discusses his involvement with activism for workers' rights, issues of class and social progress (LGBT, race, etc), and contemporary resistance to LGBT equality from the Monroe County Legislature and the Democrat & Chronicle. Finally, the conversation turns to Plank’s belief in community and what he believes are the setbacks of assimilation., Audio Interview, Todd Plank, April 6, 2016, 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:6590
Audio Interview, Tom Ferrarese, September 19, 2013
In this interview, Evelyn Bailey speaks with Tom Ferrarese about the positions that municipal government and community churches took during the advancement of LGBT rights in Rochester, New York. Ferrarese shares the process for how officials were chosen and elected for the Rochester government, as well as the history of LGBT issues being a legislative item for the governing body. He then goes on to discuss the Catholic Church's relationship to the LGBT community in Rochester, including the group Catholic Lesbian and Gay Family Ministries. Finally, he turns to the AIDS crisis in Rochester and the activism that formed in its wake., Audio Interview, Tom Ferrarese, September 19, 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:6559
Audio Interview, Tom Petrillo and Bill Reamy, March 15, 2012
An interview with lawyer Tom Petrillo and psychiatrist Bill Reamy conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. Reamy discusses his experiences being a gay psychiatrist, working at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, the Association of Gay & Lesbian Psychiatrists, Frank Kameny's significance in the gay movement, and the relationship between psychiatry and homosexuality. He talks about his work with AIDS Care (now Trillium Health) and both men speak about the impact of the AIDS epidemic on their respective fields. Petrillo discusses his experiences as a gay lawyer, his work for members of the gay community in Rochester, the relationship between the courts and homosexuality, and some of the legal challenges homosexuals have faced in the United States regarding wills, custody, employment, and domestic partnerships., Audio Interview, Tom Petrillo and Bill Reamy, March 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:6577
Audio Interview, Tony Mascioli, November 2011
An interview with Anthony Mascioli conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. In this interview, Mascioli discusses Rochester after WWII, and the social scene for the gay community. Gay bars mentioned in the interview include: The Rustic Bar, Jim’s, The Oasis, the Manger Hotel bar, 44 and a Half, and Town and Country. He also talks about coming out and the police discrimination surrounding the gay bars. He then talks about moving to New York City. Mascioli shares the beginnings of his involvement in the bathhouse business, including the creation of his bathhouse called Wall Street Sauna. He talks about the regulation of the gay scene in New York City by Mayor Wagner, the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and how AIDS affected the gay communities of different cities., Audio Interview, Anthony Mascioli, November 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:12115
Audio Interview, Walt Szymanski, May 6, 2013
In this interview, Reverend Walt Szymanski is interviewed by Evelyn Bailey. The conversation circulates around Szymanski's role and growth within the Rochester faith community. The two discuss relationship between the Catholic church and the Episcopal church in Rochester, especially their stances on LGBT inclusion in their respective churches. This relationship led to the formation of Dignity-Intergrity, the first combined chapter of the national organizations of Dignity/USA (Roman Catholic) and Integrity, Inc. (Episcopal). They then extend the conversation to the history of groups and organizations that sought social progress forming in Rochester, especially those within the diocese. Szymanski then explains his forced resignation from the Roman Catholic Family Center. The conversation concludes with Szymanski discussing his move back to Pittsburgh and his accommodation in a new church., Audio Interview, Walt Szymanski, May 6, 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:11282
Audio Interview, Wayne Esposito, July 19, 2012
An interview with Wayne Esposito conducted by Evelyn Bailey and Kevin Indovino. He discusses being involved in Rochester's gay community in the 1970s and his first experiences in drag. Esposito also talks about his own drag queen persona, Liza, and Liza Minelli's influence on his life. He talks about the gay bar scene at the time and specifically mentions Jim's and Friar's as well as Tony Green and Gary Sweet. He then discusses the history of Miss Gay Rochester, an annual drag pageant. Esposito then discusses how the drag community were instrumental for fundraisers during the beginning of the AIDS crisis and the general effect HIV/AIDS had in Rochester. Drag performers discussed include Freddie Bass, Jeff Cost, and Michael Deak., Audio Interview, Wayne Esposito, 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:6558
Audio Recording, Peter Fisher, 1974
This recording features six songs performed by Peter Fisher. The songs were included in a Green Thursday broadcast where Peter Fisher was interviewed. The two versions of Peter Fisher's interview for Green Thursday can be found at Audio Interview, Peter Fisher, 1974: Version One and Version Two., Audio Recording, Peter Fisher, 1974, 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:6630
Green Thursday, radio program, 1974, source recording
A recording of a session from an unknown conference in which speakers discuss gay rights, the gay liberation movement, sexism, and feminism. The conference is most likely the first International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974., Green Thursday, radio program, 1974, source recording, 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:6621
Green Thursday, radio program, April 18, 1974
An episode of the Green Thursday radio program hosted by Bruce Jewell and Bob Crystal. They discuss a recent column written by journalist Mike Royko for the Chicago Daily News condemning homosexuality. Local events sponsored by the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, the Gay Revolution of Women are mentioned. Current events involving the gay community are noted including the legal battles surrounding a gay teacher in Richmond, Virginia, Senator Noël Browne’s efforts to decriminalize homosexual practices in Ireland; the proposal of a new defamation law in Delaware; and the failure of a bill in Israel to decriminalize homosexuality. Followed by an interview conducted by members of Tolstoy College at the University of Buffalo with a man named Mike who discusses the role of masculinity on his life. The unedited and uncensored source recording can be found on Part One of Audio Interview, Mike, 1974. The edited version of the source recording can be found on Audio Interview, Mike, 1974: Part One (excerpt)., Green Thursday, radio program, April 18, 1974, 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:6606
Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording
This is a source recording for the Green Thursday radio program taken at at the first International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh, Scotland. The identified speakers in this recording include: Frank Bishop, George Hislop, Adam Williams, Sid Walsh, Bruce Jewell, and Bob Osborn. Topics discussed by the speakers in this recording include the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, gay rights, gays in the military, ageism and the relationships between older and younger gays, and the August Trust. The panel is followed by a meeting of the Steering Committee discussing a proposal for an International Lesbian Women's Conference to be held in 1975 and the interim structure for the 1975 International Gay Rights Congress. An excerpt of this recording can be found at Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording: Excerpt., Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording, 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:6622
Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording
This is an excerpt of a source recording used for the April 3, 1974 Green Thursday radio program features four speakers at the International Gay Rights Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland. The speakers discuss the issue of age within the gay community. The first speaker discusses the relationship between gays and the nuclear family and talks about the Campaign for Homosexual Equality; the second speaker reads a poem that they had written; the third speaker analyzes the relationship between age and sexism; and the fourth speaker discusses the lack of "warmth" between older and younger gay men. The full recording of this congress session can be found at Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording., Green Thursday, radio program, April 3, 1974, source recording : Excerpt, 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:6605
Green Thursday, radio program, December 19, 1974, source recording
The second part of a recording taken of a session at the International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland December 18-22, 1974 to later be broadcast on the Green Thursday radio program. British doctor, Rachel Pinney, continues her discussion of her creative listening methods and addressing prejudice in others. Pinney partakes in an exercise with another participant to demonstrate her methods of communicating differing opinions while defusing conflict. Bruce Jewell, host of the Green Thursday and Lesbian Nation radio programs, was in attendance at this session.
Green Thursday, radio program, December 19, 1974, source recording
The first part of a recording taken of a session at the International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland December 18-22, 1974 to later be broadcast on the Green Thursday radio program. This session was led by the British doctor, Rachel Pinney, who discusses her methods of creative listening and addressing prejudice in others. Prejudice against homosexuals is primarily discussed amongst the group in attendance. Bruce Jewell, host of Green Thursday and Lesbian Nation, was in attendance at this session.
Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording
Continuation of Elaine Noble's speech at the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974. She speaks about the challenges women face as part of the gay movement in the United States including sexism and exclusive language. She also discusses the women's movement and the need to unite lesbian feminists with their straight sisters, or allies. This speech was originally recorded on December 19, 1974 and broadcast on the Green Thursday radio program on February 20, 1975.
Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording
Speeches given by Joe Leary, member of the Union for Sexual Freedoms in Ireland, and Elaine Noble, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, at the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974. Leary discusses the history of homosexual persecution and legislation in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He speaks about the establishment of the Union for Sexual Freedoms in Ireland and its efforts alongside other organizations such as the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the Belfast Gay Liberation Society to encourage law reform and provide support services for homosexuals in the United Kingdom. Noble discusses her personal experiences running for political office in Massachusetts as a lesbian as well as the challenges women face working within the gay movement in the United States. Portions of this recording can also be found on the other source recordings of Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording : Joe Leary and Elaine Noble, 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:6603
Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording
Joe Leary from the Union for Sexual Freedoms in Ireland (USFI) speaking about the history of homosexual persecution in Ireland and the United Kingdom at the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974. He also discusses past and current government legislation relating to gay and lesbian rights. Leary notes the influence of other organizations such as the Campaign for Homosexual Equality and the Belfast Gay Liberation Society on the establishment of the Union for Sexual Freedoms in Ireland. He also speaks about attempts to establish counseling and support services in the United Kingdom. Leary's presentation is followed by Elaine Noble speaking about her personal experiences as a lesbian running for political office in Massachusetts and the challenges of women working within the gay movement in the United States. These speeches were originally recorded on December 19, 1974 and broadcast on the Green Thursday radio program on February 20, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording : Joe Leary and Elaine Noble, 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:6599
Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording
Excerpt from Elaine Noble's discussion of the women's movement and sexism in the United States during the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974. This excerpt was originally recorded on December 19, 1974 and broadcast on the Green Thursday radio program on February 20, 1975. Content can also be found in part two of Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, February 20, 1975, source recording : Elaine Noble, 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:6601
Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975
Bruce Jewell and Bob Crystal discuss gay rights, the two year anniversary of Green Thursday, and LGBT events in Rochester, New York. Jewell plays his recordings from the International Law Session of the International Gay Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, which took place on December 19, 1974. The recording features Franklin Kameny speaking about legal rights of gays in the United States and other locations. The hosts then play the recording of an unnamed Spanish speaker from the conference who shares the history of political and economic unrest in Spain during the 20th century. HIs lecture cuts off and is continued in Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 Part Two and Part Three., Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 : 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:6529
Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975
In this recording from the International Law Session of the International Gay Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, which took place on December 19, 1974, an unnamed Spanish delegate shares the history of political and economic unrest in Spain during the 20th century. The other parts of his lecture can be found in Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 Part One and Part Two., Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 : Part Three, 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:6533
Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975
This clip continues where Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 Part One ends. The unnamed Spanish delegate continues discussing the legal rights and protections of gays in Spain. The clip cuts off and continues in Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 Part Three., Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975 : 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:6532
Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975, source recording
An unnamed Spanish delegate speaking at the first International Gay Rights Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland from December 18-22, 1974. The speaker discusses the history of homosexual persecution in Spain by the government and the Catholic church. He describes the political climate and present legal situation of gays in Spain at the time of the conference. He goes into detail about the recent law added to the Spanish penal code, Ley de Peligrosidad y Rehabilitación Social (Law on dangerousness and social rehabilitation) which encouraged the use of conversion therapy. The Center for Re-education of Male Homosexuals in Huelva, Andalucia us used as an example. The content of this recording can also be found in Part One, Part Two, and Part Three of Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975, source recording : Unnamed Spanish Delegate, 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:6521
Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975, source recording
Speech given by gay rights activist, Frank Kameny, at the International Law Session of the first International Gay Rights Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, which took place on December 19, 1974. Kameny speaks about laws relating to homosexuality primarily in the United States and Great Britain. The laws discussed include age of consent, gay marriage, housing discrimination, and employment discrimination. He discusses his own efforts to further civil rights and encourage law reform through test court cases conducted in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. Kameny cites successful instances of local law reform such as East Lansing, Michigan's 1972 anti-discrimination ordinance that protected employees against discrimination based on sexual orientation. The content of this recording can also be found in Part One of Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975., Green Thursday, radio program, February 6, 1975, source recording : Frank Kameny, 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:6520
Green Thursday, radio program, July 10, 1975
An episode of the Green Thursday radio program hosted by Bruce Jewell and Bob Crystal. Current events involving the gay community are noted including: the passage of a new penal code in New Mexico; efforts to pass a similar bill in Wellington, New Zealand; and an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service in California into the tax-exempt status of multiple religious organizations. The majority of the program includes interviews conducted at the sixth annual Gay Pride March in New York City on June 25, 1975. Many interviewees are members of the armed forces including, Leonard Matlovich, Debbie Watson, Barbara Randolph, and Skip Keith. Keith speaks at length about his personal experiences as an African American gay man in the Air Force. Other interviewees include members of religious organizations, parents of gay children, a member of the Workers World Party, and a chairman of the Gay Youth of Columbia. Numerous homophobic observers are also interviewed., Green Thursday, radio program, July 10, 1975, 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:6611
Green Thursday, radio program, July 11, 1974
Bruce Jewell and Bob Crystal share news regarding gay pride week in Washington DC, arson at a Los Angeles church, homosexual nurses' rights, gay foster homes, and the imprisonment of Sergei Parajanov. They then share audio recordings from a hearing in New York City regarding Intro 475 where a housewife named Sylvia Sprays decries this legislation because she fears gay teachers will be allowed to teach children and influence them into becoming gay as well., Green Thursday, radio program, July 11, 1974, 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:6612
Green Thursday, radio program, July 24, 1975
An episode of the Green Thursday radio program co-hosted by Bruce Jewell and Bob Crystal. The program begins with Jewell and Crystal promoting upcoming local events at the Genesee Co-Op as well as counseling opportunities for homosexuals in Rochester, New York. The majority of this program contains speeches given at a rally in Washington Square Park held after the sixth annual Gay Pride March in New York City on June 25, 1975. Co-founder of the organization Parents of Gays, Sarah Montgomery, gave the keynote speech at the rally highlighting the need for straight allies and legislation supporting gay rights. Dr. Bruce Voeller proceeded to speak about current law reform efforts before introducing four members of the armed forces: Leonard Matlovich, Barbara Randolph, Debbie Watson, and Skip Keith. The recording of the rally is followed by a review of current news stories involving the gay community in the United States., Green Thursday, radio program, July 24, 1975, 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:6613