"I didn't know how to ask for a friendship."

Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
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Doug Neville (L) and Ryan Johnson (R) talk about their three decades of friendship.
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Recorded in Chicago, Illinois
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
André Pérez

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I’ve buried over forty people in my family’s cemetery..."

Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic, when no one else would.
Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
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Ruth Coker Burks tells her friend Paul Wineland about caring for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic, ...
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Recorded in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
John White

Themes
Angels & Mentors
Family
Friendship
LGBTQ
Struggle

"In high school when I first started wearing make-up, my family didn't notice."

Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Kiyan Williams (R) talks with friend Darnell Moore (L) about growing up queer in Newark, New Jersey during the 1990s.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Discovery
Friendship
Griot
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I was the preacher's wife..."

Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.
Recorded in Huntsville, Alabama
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Marcia Sutton talks to her partner, Sandra Sowder, about what happened after she came out.
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Recorded in Huntsville, Alabama
Produced by
Allison Davis

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

In Partnership with
Huntsville Public Radio

Themes
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"I see a group of boys walking towards me, and I knew something was going to happen."

Darnell Moore (R) tells his friend Bryan Epps (L) about an incident that shaped his youth.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Darnell Moore (R) tells his friend Bryan Epps (L) about an incident that shaped his youth.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
Von Diaz

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
Identity
LGBTQ
Struggle

"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 City, New York
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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

"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
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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
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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.
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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 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 Fairbanks, Alaska
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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'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 Raeford, North Carolina
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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

"Ever since I was 10, I knew that I needed to be a dad."

Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
Recorded in Santa Monica, California
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Rami Aizic talks to Robin Share about how they met and decided to start a family.
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Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Soo Na Pak

Themes
Friendship
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"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 Painesville, Ohio
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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 City, New York
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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
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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

"What are some of your dreams?"

John Curtis talks to his son John Wikiera, who he adopted as a baby from Vietnam.
Recorded in Rochester, New York
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John Curtis talks to his son John Wikiera, who he adopted as a baby from Vietnam.
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Recorded in Rochester, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

Themes
Discovery
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"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 Los Angeles, California
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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

"The lights went up, the music went off, and you could hear a pin drop."

Michael Levine (R), who witnessed the Stonewall Riots in 1969, speaks with his friend Matthew Merlin (L).
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Michael Levine (R), who witnessed the Stonewall Riots in 1969, speaks with his friend Matthew Merlin (L).
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah

Themes
LGBTQ
Witness

"I received a letter in the mail from the Boy Scouts..."

James Dale talks about being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America for being openly gay, and the 10-year legal battle that followed.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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James Dale talks about being kicked out of the Boy Scouts of America for being openly gay, and the 10-year ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

Themes
Growing Up
LGBTQ

"I was looking at everyone else, going, 'Why aren't we like that?'"

Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Lisa Combest and her ex-husband, James Hanson-Brown, talk about how their marriage ended.
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

Themes
Friendship
Identity
LGBTQ