David Isay, the founder of the nonprofit oral history group StoryCorps, tried for many years with little success to raise money for a project to collect stories from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community. When his father died two years ago on the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, he decided the project would proceed, with money or not. For full story, click here.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni attendants at the recent Every Voice conference had the opportunity to record their personal narratives as part of an audio and visual oral history project organized by the Alumni Association of Princeton University and funded by the institutional equity and diversity efforts of the Office of the Provost. Representatives from the alumni association conducted 24 interviews during the three-day conference. The participants represented a wide range of class years, with alumni from the 1950s to the 2010s sharing their experiences as LGBT students — whether out or not — at the University. For full story click here.
Sean Dorsey, openly transgender choreographer, winner of two Isadora Duncan awards, and one of Dance Magazine's "Top 25 to Watch" in 2010, continues his project of making modern dance narratives about queer experience. Dorsey conducted two years of archival and oral history research to produce The Secret History of Love, which chronicles covert love in the LGBT community, from outlawed affairs in 1920s speakeasies to wartime flings, from first love to hate violence to long-lasting relationships. For full story click here.