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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  • Kristian Salinas oral history interview and transcript 

    Salinas, Kristian (2012-03-21)
    Kristian Salinas was born in Alvin, Texas and is the Board President and Artistic Director of QFest, the Houston GLBTQ International Film Festival. QFest is dedicated to promoting the arts that are by, about, and of ...
  • Emma Lou Scott oral history interview and transcript 

    Scott, Emma (2015)
    Emma Lou "Scottie" Scott is a life-long resident of Houston. She taught physical education in the Houston Independent School District for 33 years. She maintained a life-long participation in sports, entering Senior Olympics ...
  • Lorraine Schroeder oral history interview and transcript 

    Schroeder, Lorraine (2013-04-11)
    Lorraine Schroeder was hired as the first director of the LGBTQ Resource Center at the University of Houston in May 2010 when the Center opened. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Clinical ...
  • Weldon Hickey oral history interview and transcript 

    Hickey, Weldon (2012-03-15)
    Weldon Hickey grew up in Bay City, Texas. He moved to Houston, Texas in the 1980s and has been a LGBTQ activist in several Houston organizations. He worked at Legacy Community Health Services, and as an administrator for ...
  • Juan Palomo oral history interview and transcript 

    Palomo, Juan (2014-03-25)
    Juan Palomo was a journalist for more than 20 years. Most of those years were at the Houston Post, as a general assignment reporter, political reporter, foreign correspondent, Washington correspondent, columnist and editorial ...
  • Rosemary Cloud oral history interview and transcript 

    Cloud, Rosemary (2013-03-28)
    Rosemary Cloud has been active in gay rights and advocacy in Houston for more than 20 years. She became involved in PFLAG in the 1990s, serving as president in 2012-2014.
  • Burton Bagby-Grose oral history interview and transcript 

    Bagby-Grose, Burton (2010-03-27)
    Burton Bagby-Grose is a seventh generation Texan, licensed American Baptist minister and a seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School. He is openly gay and was legally married to his husband at the historic First ...
  • Ryan Levy oral history interview and transcript 

    Levy, Ryan (2012-03-14)
    Ryan Levy is a 1997 Rice University graduate. He attended law school at the University of Texas and became a successful attorney before opening Nice Wines with his partner Ian Eastveld. Levy is a certified Sommelier, wine ...
  • Bob Briddick oral history interview and transcript 

    Briddick, Bob (2018-08-07)
    Bob Briddick moved to Houston, Texas in 1974 working in interior design. He joined The Assistance Fund in the late 1980s, working with the organization when it merged into Legacy Health Services in 2005. In 1999, Briddick ...
  • Januari Leo oral history interview and transcript 

    Leo, Januari (2018-07-10)
    Januari Leo is a prominent LGBT activist and advocate. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Masters in Social Work in 2010 and works in the Graduate College of Social Work in Development. She has worked with ...
  • John Heinzerling oral history interview and transcript 

    Heinzerling, John (2011-03-18)
    John Heinzerling has lived in Houston since 1954. He has worked in commercial real estate for most of his life. He was President of the Diana Foundation from 2006-2011. The Diana Foundation is focused on assisting and ...
  • Johnny Peden oral history interview and transcript 

    Peden, Johnny (2015-08-05)
    Johnny Peden grew up in the Houston area and attended college at East Texas Baptist University. He attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist. He became involved in Gay Political Caucus and worked on political campaigns for ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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," ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...

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