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 http://cswgs.rice.edu

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 http://cswgs.rice.edu/

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  • Henry McClurg oral history interview and transcript 

    McClurg, Henry (2013-03-17)
    Henry McClurg published Houston area gay newspapers for more than 40 years. The self-proclaimed "mayor of Montrose" McClurg was originally from Mississippi spending time in the military before going to work in radio in ...
  • Liz James oral history interview and transcript 

    James, Liz (2013-02-06)
    Liz James was the first full-time staff member and Chief Executive Officer for the Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI). Established in 1992, the Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston, Inc. (LHI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated ...
  • Ken Malone oral history interview and transcript 

    Malone, Ken (2013-03-23)
    Ken Malone is a native Houstonian and graduate of the University of Houston. He has been active in the Houston non-profit arena as executive director of The Assistance Fund providing financial and medication assistance to ...
  • Bryan Hlavinka oral history interview and transcript 

    Hlavinka, Bryan (2012-03-18)
    Bryan Hlavinka grew up in Brazoria, TX. He has lived in Houston for more than 20 years working as a consultant in the oil industry. He is a LGBT activist and volunteer, well known for his work on KPFT 90.1 FM "Queer Voices," ...
  • Gary Brewton oral history interview and transcript 

    Brewton, Gary (2010-03-25)
    Dr. Gary W. Brewton is an American Board of Internal Medicine certified physician currently residing in Houston, TX. Brewton was one of the first doctors in Houston to work with people with HIV infection and AIDS. He has ...
  • Sean Hammerle oral history interview and transcript 

    Hammerle, Sean (2013-03-21)
    Sean Hammerle, a native Texan, grew up in Garland. He attended Louisiana State University, where he majored in political science and English literature. Hammerle lived in Houston for almost 20 years and worked in public ...
  • Nick Brines oral history interview and transcript 

    Brines, Nick (2012-03-19)
    Nick Brines moved to Houston in 1988 to study at the University of Houston. Brines has been active with Planned Parenthood, American Heart Association, and Pride Houston. He served as a member of the fundraising committee ...
  • Jack Valinski oral history interview and transcript 

    Jack Valinski (2010-07-24)
    Jack Valinski moved to Houston in 1981. He came to work for an ABC affiliate, 97 Rock, now Mix 96.5. He began listening to the KPFT show Wilde-N-Stein and its host Ray Hill and was soon volunteering to run the audio board. ...
  • Denis Flanigan oral history interview and transcript 

    Denis Flanigan (2011-03-22)
    Denis Flanigan is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Houston. He received his M.S. in Psychology and Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Florida. In addition to clinical work and research ...
  • Yvonne Feece oral history interview and transcript 

    Yvonne Feece (2011-03-19)
    Yvonne Feece is a professional photgrapher working with commercial and individual clients. A volunteer for Pride Houston as both a photographer and as magazine chair, she has served as treasurer for the Houston chapter of ...
  • Jerry Atwood oral history interview and transcript 

    Jerry Atwood (2011-03-22)
    Jerry Atwood moved to Houston in 1972 and worked for nearly 40 years as an Engineer. A professional pianist, he started a successful music business with Rick Comeaux performing for men's society gigs, and at Ovations in ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.