Rainbow History Project Oral History Collection


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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"Items in the Rainbow History Project Oral History Collection" link below.


Rainbow History Project
Various narrators per oral history

Items in the Rainbow History Project Oral History Collection Collection

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.

Oral history with Boden Sandstrom, know for recording, engineering and mixing live music, especially within the women’s music and political communities. Later also ethnomusicologist and professor at University of Maryland.

Interview describes D.C. Latino Pride, Latino LGBT History Project, D.C. Latino Pride, D.C. Mayor's Office LGBT advisory council.

Conversation between RHP board members concerning relevance of lesbian history