This is a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality (SWGS) at Rice University (2007-2015). The items in this collection are the result of a community research project, the work of Rice University students earning credit for the course SWGS 201, “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies.” The collection includes interview recordings with Houstonians who have made contributions to the LGBT community. Each group of students spent a month researching their chosen individuals. When background reports were completed, they conducted interviews with these subjects and subsequently prepared written transcripts of the interviews. learn more about the project

There are 49 interviews in this collection, with new interviews to be added annually. Learn more about the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality (SWGS) at Rice University

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  • Donna Garrett oral history interview and transcript 

    Garrett, Donna (2012-03-17)
    Donna Garrett was born in 1951 and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She moved to Houston in 1980. She is a writer and performer of drama and poetry.
  • Katy Caldwell oral history interview and transcript 

    Caldwell, Katy (2016-07-26)
    For the past 17 years, Katy Caldwell has been the CEO of Legacy Community Health Services, Inc., a not for profit federally qualified health center which provides low or no cost health, social, and educational services. ...
  • Ron Dupre oral history interview and transcript 

    Dupre, Ron (2014-04-10)
    Ron Dupre is a father of three children, including two gay sons. He is active in Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the largest family and ally organization dedicated to advancing equality and uniting people ...
  • Delma Cummings oral history interview and transcript 

    Cummings, Delma (2012)
    Delma Cummings was born July 30, 1939 in Texas. She grew up in Aldine, Texas. She worked for 30 years for Southwestern Bell. Cummings was very active in the LGBT community, serving on the board of directors for Lesbians ...
  • Josephine Tittsworth oral history interview and transcript 

    Tittsworth, Josephine (2012-08-09)
    Josephine Tittsworth was born in Pasadena, Texas and was assigned and raised as a male. She struggled with gender issues and dressed secretly as a woman for most of her life. In 1981 life changed when she contacted an ...
  • Tony Carroll oral history interview and transcript 

    Carroll, Tony (2010-06-29)
    Tony Carroll was a psychotherapist in Houston, Texas. He served as the first openly gay president of the Texas Society for Clinical Social Work and conducted one of the first studies on the stability of gay couples.
  • Janis Hutchinson oral history interview and transcript 

    Hutchinson, Janis (2014-04-01)
    Dr. Janis Hutchinson is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Houston. She is a medicial anthropologist, specializing in health issues among peoples of color. She is the author of numerous ...