Oral History Interview with Ken South, 1945­-


Oral History Interview with Ken South, 1945­-


Ken South recounts his coming(s) out, his relationship with religion, his work on HIV/AIDS, and his advocacy on LGBT aging issues.


9 June 2016


The interview belongs to the Rainbow History Project. The RHP release form was used and all rights belong to RHP.


1980s­- present

Around the same time Ken South had his first experience with another gay man, he also got involved with the United Methodist Church. After coming more fully out, after study at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, he was defrocked by the West Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church and discharged from the Navy Chaplaincy. He was later ordained by the United Church of Christ. He began his AIDS work with AID Atlanta and later came to Washington, DC to work with the AIDS Institute of KOBA Associates and the AIDS National Interfaith Network. He was a staffer on Ronald Reagan’s President’s Commission on the AIDS Epidemic. Later, the worked on LGBT aging issues with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and served as president of the Prime Timers DC Chapter. Discussion also covered: ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act),Windows (DIK Bar),DC Eagle, Gay Marriage, SAGE, the FDA, and the American Society on Aging.


Jerry Wei


Ken South


Dupont Circle neighborhood, Washington, D.C.


No, not yet available.

Original Format

Yes, recording available (.m4a, 14.5 MB)


Duration: 1:21:17


“Oral History Interview with Ken South, 1945­-,” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed June 24, 2018, http://rainbowhistory.omeka.net/items/show/4939483.