Rainbow History Project Oral History Collection

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Rainbow History Project Oral History Collection


Eye-witness accounts of what we’ve seen and experienced provide a valuable resource to researchers and future generations to understand our past and how we arrived where we are today.

Each interview in this collection has a narrator telling the story and a documenter guiding the process.

Collected since the founding of the RHP, this collection is growing and is open to researchers.

All interviews have been digitized and are described in the catalog; only some of them have transcripts available.

None of the interviews stream online. To obtain access to an interview, you must request by contacting us directly, providing a brief description of your project and your research interests. Our email address is: info AT rainbowhistory DOT org

One of our team will share the file from our Google Drive, and you can listen from home. Please be sure to have "Music Player for Google Drive" enabled on your machine to play the recording. www.driveplayer.com

Table Of Contents

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Rainbow History Project
Various narrators per oral history

Collection Items

Bob Saks is a straight rabbi who graduated and was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1970. In 1972, Saks joined the Rabbinic Association of the Reform Movement. He led the University of Maryland College Park’s Hillel chapter from 1973…

Jessica Xavier is a trans health activist living in Rockville, MD. She is interview by Bryan Schwartz.

Christina Cauterucci, who identifies as a queer woman, is a journalist in Washington DC, interviewed by Krista Gettle.

A native of Rhode Island, JD came to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University. He discusses his activism in Rhode Island before coming to Georgetown, gay social patterns among young men in D.C., and attending being present at Supreme Court…

Oral history with Richard Davis, who shares his remembrances from over thirty years of active participation in the Washington DC LGBT community, including his work with the Gay Rights National Lobby and the Right to Privacy Foundation, competing as a…

Barry Robert “Bart” Forbes recounts his long career as a public television producer and political activist working on behalf of suburban gays and lesbians in Fairfax County, Virginia. Forbes’ accomplishments include the the founding of the Fairfax…

Helene Bloom is a lesbian woman and is co-owner with Fran Levine of Soho Tea & Coffee at 2150 P St NW, Washington, D.C., in Dupont Circle. Soho is the oldest independent tea and coffee house in Washington, D.C.

Jean Ponton worked as a volunteer for Gay Fairfax TV, an important LGBT television show.

Isaiah Poole discusses his career as a journalist and advocate for newsroom diversity, including founding the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and the Washington Association of Black Journalists.

Oral history with Fran Levine, co-­owner of Soho Tea & Coffee at 2150 P St NW, Washington, DC in Dupont Circle, the oldest independent Tea and Coffee house in DC who identifies as a lesbian woman. Interview by Autumn Eastman.

Oral history with Randy K., who talk about his work as an advocate and activist and work with D.C.'s HIPS program, which provides harm-reduction services for sex workers. Interview conducted by Caitlin Firmage.

Ken South recounts his coming(s) out, his relationship with religion, his work on HIV/AIDS, and his advocacy on LGBT aging issues.

Moriah Petty interviews Tom Bower, a Catholic gay-identified man who has lived in DC since the 1960s working in museums and organizing the LGBTQ Catholics and greater gay community.
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