Oral History with Joseph L. Kolb, 1949


Joseph L. Kolb, a businessman now living in Florida, recounts his life in DC, his volunteer work with the Gay Hotline, and his work with the Potomac Executive Network, later to become the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

Joe Kolb was born and raised in Washington, DC. After college, he worked for design firms, while helping start in 1976 the Gay Hotline, a telephone support network linking area gay men to social, health, and community resources. He became involved with the Potomac Executive Network (PEN), a social group for gay and lesbian businesspeople, and saw the organization grow into the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC). Discussion also covered: the Gay Connection, Gay switchboard, Whitman-Walker Clinic, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce.


Jerry Wei




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(audio mp3, 6.6 MB)


“Oral History with Joseph L. Kolb, 1949,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed December 9, 2023, https://archives.rainbowhistory.org/items/show/1791.

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