"It was the first time I met openly gay people."

Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples in 1975.
Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
Clela Rorex (R), a former County Clerk in Boulder, Colorado, tells her friend Sue Larson (L) about issuing marriage licenses ...
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Recorded in Boulder, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Work

"When I saw him coming, I ducked around the hall and hid from him."

70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being gay.
Recorded in Seattle, Washington
70-year-old Patrick Haggerty tells his daughter, Robin, about the day he first had a conversation with his father about being ...
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Recorded in Seattle, Washington
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Discovery
Family
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ

"People thought I was such a good friend."

Patty Woods remembers her partner, who left a lasting impact on her life.
Patty Woods remembers her partner, who left a lasting impact on her life.
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Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Frank Kingman

In Partnership with
outLoud Radio

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ

"I'm not so sure the Civil Rights Act would have been passed had there not been a St. Augustine"

J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool in St. Augustine, Florida in June of 1964.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo remember having acid thrown on them after jumping into a whites only swimming pool ...
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton, Amanda Plumb and John White

Themes
Griot
Identity
Legacy
Struggle
Transformational Event
Witness

"He wasn't the biggest guy, but people reacted to him like he was giant."

Thompson Williams talks about his father's legacy with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams.
Recorded in Colorado, Denver
Thompson Williams talks about his father's legacy with his son, Kiamichi-tet Williams.
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Recorded in Denver, Colorado
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Growing Up
Identity
Wisdom

"I don't know how many I sent home..."

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while in Iraq.
Recorded in Alaska, Fairbanks
Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

In Partnership with
Fort Wainwright

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"I said, 'This is not telephone discussion.'"

Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Rita Fischer (90) and Jay Fischer (65) recall the moment that Jay came out as gay.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

Themes
Discovery
Identity
LGBTQ
Romance

"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson.
Recorded in North Carolina, Raeford
Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant ...
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Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"I remember feeling helpless."

Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Nicholas Peart (L) talks about being stopped and frisked in New York City.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Dan Collison, Michael Garofalo and Eve Claxton

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Atlantic Philanthropies

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle

"You feel like being gay is like a virus."

Samuel Taylor tells his mom, Connie Casey, about being in "ex-gay" conversion therapy as a teenager.
Recorded in Ohio, Painesville
Samuel Taylor tells his mom, Connie Casey, about being in "ex-gay" conversion therapy as a teenager.
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Recorded in Painesville, Ohio
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Whitney Henry-Lester

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ

"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Witness
Work

"I went as macho as I could be to mask what I was underneath. "

Alexis Martinez (L) tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez (R), about being a transgender woman.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Alexis Martinez (L) tells her daughter, Lesley Etherly Martinez (R), about being a transgender woman.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ

"I had a pretty severe accident at work..."

Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Jack Richmond tells his daughter, Reagan, about being an amputee.
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Recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jorge Rios

In Partnership with
Amputee Coalition of America

Themes
Identity
Struggle
Work

"I grew up when that happened."

Ruben Aguilar tells his friend Bill Luna about his family's deportation as part of the Mexican Repatriation Program in 1933.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Ruben Aguilar tells his friend Bill Luna about his family's deportation as part of the Mexican Repatriation Program in 1933.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Yasmina Guerda.

Special thanks to Marlen Garcia

Themes
Growing Up
Historias
Identity

"When I was a kid, I didn't realize that you were different."

Myra Brown speaks with her mother, Bonnie Mae Brown, who has an intellectual disability.
Recorded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Myra Brown speaks with her mother, Bonnie Mae Brown, who has an intellectual disability.
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Recorded in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

Themes
Growing Up
Identity

"He dropped me off in the middle of the night with a $5 bill."

Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.
Recorded in California, Los Angeles
Bryan Wilmoth tells his younger brother, Michael, about being kicked out of the house because he is gay.
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Recorded in Los Angeles, California
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

In Partnership with
AIDS Project of Los Angeles

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I remember going through family albums looking for my face in old photographs..."

Diane Tells His Name talks to her daughter Bonnie Buchanan about discovering she was adopted.
Diane Tells His Name talks to her daughter Bonnie Buchanan about discovering she was adopted.
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall with Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
Identity

"I should have died at age 19."

Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
Recorded in California, Chico
Special education teacher Ken Rensink tells his friend Laurel Hill-Ward how surviving a near-fatal car crash has influenced his teaching.
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Recorded in Chico, California
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Dana Glass

Themes
Identity
Struggle
Teachers
Work

"I have spent a lot of years just hiding from it."

Julie Sanders talks about being a member of of a white supremacist group as a teenager.
Recorded in Oregon, Portland
Julie Sanders talks about being a member of of a white supremacist group as a teenager.
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Recorded in Portland, Oregon
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Witness

"When I came in 1966, nobody knew about who a Sikh was."

Surinder Singh (L) and his son Rupinder (R) talk about their lives as Sikhs in the U.S. and Canada.
Surinder Singh (L) and his son Rupinder (R) talk about their lives as Sikhs in the U.S. and Canada.
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Produced by
Anita Rao and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

Themes
Growing Up
Identity
Struggle