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Ana Ixchel Rosal (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Natalie Sather about her experiences as a Latina lesbian doing community organizing work. The interview first discusses her early life in the 1960s-1970s. Then the interview discusses her move to Austin in 1995 and her work with local nonprofits, including the Latino Arts organization, La Peña and ALLGO (Austin Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization). Later, the interview discusses her work as the first director of the University of Texas at Austin's Gender and Sexuality Center. Finally, Rosal discusses her and her family's experiences with racism in Austin and her decision to move to New York.

2021-04-16

Ana Ixchel Rosal (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Natalie Sather about her experiences as a Latina lesbian doing community organizing work. The interview first discusses her early life in the 1960s-1970s. Then the interview discusses her move to Austin in 1995 and her work with local nonprofits, including the Latino Arts organization, La Peña and ALLGO (Austin Latino Lesbian and Gay Organization). Later, the interview discusses her work as the first director of the University of Texas at Austin's Gender and Sexuality Center. Finally, Rosal discusses her and her family's experiences with racism in Austin and her decision to move to New York.

2021-04-16

Ash Hall (they/them) interviewed by UT Austin student Casey Harrell about their experience with queer-based discrimination and oppression in Texas, and their decision to become a career activist. First, the interview covers Ash's time as a student at Baylor University before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. They discuss their time at UT Austin and their involvment in LGBTQ activism on campus. The interview then discusses Ash's work as a consultant on LGBTQ public policy and their work with Texas lawmakers to ensure that Texas legislation is inclusive and non-damaging to queer and transgender people.

2022-08-09

Ash Hall (they/them) interviewed by UT Austin student Casey Harrell about their experience with queer-based discrimination and oppression in Texas, and their decision to become a career activist. First, the interview covers Ash's time as a student at Baylor University before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. They discuss their time at UT Austin and their involvment in LGBTQ activism on campus. The interview then discusses Ash's work as a consultant on LGBTQ public policy and their work with Texas lawmakers to ensure that Texas legislation is inclusive and non-damaging to queer and transgender people.

2022-08-09

Briona Jenkins (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Ashley Eyster Ortega about her work in Austin activism and nonprofits. The interview starts with Briona's childhood in Hamden, Connecticut and her early introduction to activism through her family's church. The interview then moves to Briona's work with various nonprofit organizations, her decision to move to Austin, Texas in 2015, and her views on the city. She discusses coming into her identity as a Black queer woman. In 2020 she started her business, Briona Jenkins Consulting where she does diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership trainings. She discusses balancing her time between her consulting business, activism, her podcast The Tea with Bri, and other engagements. Briona and Ashley then discuss corporate rainbow washing, the need for intersectional activism in the LGBTQ+ community, and Briona's experience building Black community in Austin.

2022-08-03

Briona Jenkins (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Ashley Eyster Ortega about her work in Austin activism and nonprofits. The interview starts with Briona's childhood in Hamden, Connecticut and her early introduction to activism through her family's church. The interview then moves to Briona's work with various nonprofit organizations, her decision to move to Austin, Texas in 2015, and her views on the city. She discusses coming into her identity as a Black queer woman. In 2020 she started her business, Briona Jenkins Consulting where she does diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership trainings. She discusses balancing her time between her consulting business, activism, her podcast The Tea with Bri, and other engagements. Briona and Ashley then discuss corporate rainbow washing, the need for intersectional activism in the LGBTQ+ community, and Briona's experience building Black community in Austin.

2022-08-03

David Thompson interviewed by UT Austin student Mohammad Mothaffar about his life in Austin, storytelling career, and community involvement. David first describes moving to Austin in 1982 or 1983 after living on a gay commune near Ashville, North Carolina for two years. He describes the organization of the commune and his experience living there. He then shares about his early life growing up in Georgia and living in cities around Europe in his 20s, including Paris, Munich, Leningrad and London. He discusses getting involved with the Radical Faeries in the 1980s which lead to him moving to the commune. The conversation moves to David's experiences with activism and his communities. He then discusses his involvement with Queer AA, World Storytelling Café, and Tejas Storytelling Association. Finally, he discusses his vision for the future, his advice to younger generation activists, and his own dreams and ambitions.

2022-08-05

David Thompson interviewed by UT Austin student Mohammad Mothaffar about his life in Austin, storytelling career, and community involvement. David first describes moving to Austin in 1982 or 1983 after living on a gay commune near Ashville, North Carolina for two years. He describes the organization of the commune and his experience living there. He then shares about his early life growing up in Georgia and living in cities around Europe in his 20s, including Paris, Munich, Leningrad and London. He discusses getting involved with the Radical Faeries in the 1980s which lead to him moving to the commune. The conversation moves to David's experiences with activism and his communities. He then discusses his involvement with Queer AA, World Storytelling Café, and Tejas Storytelling Association. Finally, he discusses his vision for the future, his advice to younger generation activists, and his own dreams and ambitions.

2022-08-05

Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva interviewed by UT Austin student Chase Seabourn about her life as a lesbian, Chicana historian, activist, and professor. The interview first discusses her early life in El Paso and her relationship to her family. She then discusses moving to Austin after finishing high school in 1975 where she got involved in lesbian and Chicano activism. The interview then discusses the differences that Chávez Leyva found between the queer community in Austin and El Paso. Then she discusses her involvement with the Austin Lesbian Organization (ALO) and her work to help found Chispas, which organized the first National Chicano/a Gay and Lesbian Conference and served as a precursor to ALLGO. The interview then discusses her role as a founding member of the lesbian-feminist news publication Goodbye to All That and how becoming a parent changed her relationship to queer activism. Chávez Leyva then discusses becoming a member of the Human Services Department for Travis County and later moving back to El Paso.

2021-04-30

Dr. Yolanda Chávez Leyva interviewed by UT Austin student Chase Seabourn about her life as a lesbian, Chicana historian, activist, and professor. The interview first discusses her early life in El Paso and her relationship to her family. She then discusses moving to Austin after finishing high school in 1975 where she got involved in lesbian and Chicano activism. The interview then discusses the differences that Chávez Leyva found between the queer community in Austin and El Paso. Then she discusses her involvement with the Austin Lesbian Organization (ALO) and her work to help found Chispas, which organized the first National Chicano/a Gay and Lesbian Conference and served as a precursor to ALLGO. The interview then discusses her role as a founding member of the lesbian-feminist news publication Goodbye to All That and how becoming a parent changed her relationship to queer activism. Chávez Leyva then discusses becoming a member of the Human Services Department for Travis County and later moving back to El Paso.

2021-04-30

Glenna Williams (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Bethany Doria about her career working as a lawyer for child protective services and her identity as a transgender woman. The interview first discusses Glenna's childhood in Billings, Montana; Denver, Colorado; and Houston, Texas before moving to Austin in the 1960s for law school. She then discusses her career with child protective services and how it influenced her to run for Texas State Senate in 2018. Glenna and Bethany discuss their relationships with their families and Glenna shares about the recent death of her sister. The interview then moves to discuss Glenna's recent transition and how it has changed the way she navigates the world. Finally, Glenna discusses her short films and her participation in the Austin Film Festival.

2022-08-05

Glenna Williams (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Bethany Doria about her career working as a lawyer for child protective services and her identity as a transgender woman. The interview first discusses Glenna's childhood in Billings, Montana; Denver, Colorado; and Houston, Texas before moving to Austin in the 1960s for law school. She then discusses her career with child protective services and how it influenced her to run for Texas State Senate in 2018. Glenna and Bethany discuss their relationships with their families and Glenna shares about the recent death of her sister. The interview then moves to discuss Glenna's recent transition and how it has changed the way she navigates the world. Finally, Glenna discusses her short films and her participation in the Austin Film Festival.

2022-08-05

Jeremy Teel (he/they) interviewed by UT Austin student Carys Anderson about their life and experiences. Jeremy first discusses his upbringing in the late 1980s to early 2000s in Duncanville, Texas and his relationship to his family. Jeremy then discusses his move to Austin in 2010, where his desire to find Black friends kickstarted his activism. They outlined how posting on social media where they were going to have lunch created a community of 70 men, and how meeting a couple of gay Black elders inspired them to throw together a weekend-long conference of panels and events to celebrate gay Black pride. Jeremy then discusses his work with Texas Health Action.

2021-04-19

Jeremy Teel (he/they) interviewed by UT Austin student Carys Anderson about their life and experiences. Jeremy first discusses his upbringing in the late 1980s to early 2000s in Duncanville, Texas and his relationship to his family. Jeremy then discusses his move to Austin in 2010, where his desire to find Black friends kickstarted his activism. They outlined how posting on social media where they were going to have lunch created a community of 70 men, and how meeting a couple of gay Black elders inspired them to throw together a weekend-long conference of panels and events to celebrate gay Black pride. Jeremy then discusses his work with Texas Health Action.

2021-04-19

Kip Dollar (he/him) and Toby Johnson (he/him) interviewed by UT Austin student Samantha McAlister about the ways the two influenced and shaped LBGTQ community in Austin, Texas starting in the late 1980s. The interview starts with the story of how the couple first met in San Antonio. In the 1980s, the two moved to Austin and ran Liberty Books, an LGBTQ bookstore, which served as a business and community space. Kip and Toby then discuss their involvement in organizing for same-sex partner recognition in the 1990s. The two then discuss their work organizing the first Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival at Fiesta Gardens in 1990.

2021-04-11

Kip Dollar (he/him) and Toby Johnson (he/him) interviewed by UT Austin student Samantha McAlister about the ways the two influenced and shaped LBGTQ community in Austin, Texas starting in the late 1980s. The interview starts with the story of how the couple first met in San Antonio. In the 1980s, the two moved to Austin and ran Liberty Books, an LGBTQ bookstore, which served as a business and community space. Kip and Toby then discuss their involvement in organizing for same-sex partner recognition in the 1990s. The two then discuss their work organizing the first Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival at Fiesta Gardens in 1990.

2021-04-11

Kyle Getz (he/him) interviewed by UT Austin student Trey Ashmore about his sexuality and navigating his career in business. The interview starts with Getz describing his childhood growing up in Katy, Texas in the 1980s- 1990s before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the early 2000s. He then describes coming to terms with his sexuality early in college and navigating coming out and dating. The conversation then moves to Kyle's work creating the GLBTQA Business Students Association (now the Queer Buisness Student Association), among the first queer undergraduate business organizations in the country at the time. He later explains how his identity has shaped his realtionship to his professional and creative work since, culminating in the creation of the Gayish Podcast.

2022-08-02

Kyle Getz (he/him) interviewed by UT Austin student Trey Ashmore about his sexuality and navigating his career in business. The interview starts with Getz describing his childhood growing up in Katy, Texas in the 1980s- 1990s before moving to Austin to attend the University of Texas in the early 2000s. He then describes coming to terms with his sexuality early in college and navigating coming out and dating. The conversation then moves to Kyle's work creating the GLBTQA Business Students Association (now the Queer Buisness Student Association), among the first queer undergraduate business organizations in the country at the time. He later explains how his identity has shaped his realtionship to his professional and creative work since, culminating in the creation of the Gayish Podcast.

2022-08-02

Lisa Rogers (she/her/ella) interviewed by UT Austin student Autumn Watterson about the founding of OutYouth and her life in Austin. The interview starts with Lisa describing her childhood growing up as the daughter of an episcopal priest and how her relationship with her father impacted her view on her sexuality. Lisa then describes how she played guitar from a young age, but didn't consider it to be a career option, and instead went to school, eventually graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in social work. During this time she was involved with the Episcopal Center, the Episcopal Queer Group, the University Y, and she formed a band called Jubilee (formerly Jubilation, later The Therapy Sisters). Around 1990, she and a friend started organizing a support group for queer youth that met monthly at the public library. This eventually became the organization OutYouth. Lisa shares about the beginnings of the organization. The conversation then moves to Lisa's experiences with the lesbian community in Austin, her relationship with her family, and how she met her wife Maureen. Finally, Lisa describes her current job teaching social work at Texas State.

2022-08-02

Lisa Rogers (she/her/ella) interviewed by UT Austin student Autumn Watterson about the founding of OutYouth and her life in Austin. The interview starts with Lisa describing her childhood growing up as the daughter of an episcopal priest and how her relationship with her father impacted her view on her sexuality. Lisa then describes how she played guitar from a young age, but didn't consider it to be a career option, and instead went to school, eventually graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in social work. During this time she was involved with the Episcopal Center, the Episcopal Queer Group, the University Y, and she formed a band called Jubilee (formerly Jubilation, later The Therapy Sisters). Around 1990, she and a friend started organizing a support group for queer youth that met monthly at the public library. This eventually became the organization OutYouth. Lisa shares about the beginnings of the organization. The conversation then moves to Lisa's experiences with the lesbian community in Austin, her relationship with her family, and how she met her wife Maureen. Finally, Lisa describes her current job teaching social work at Texas State.

2022-08-02

Lisa Scheps (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Dimitri Walker about her experiences as a trans woman, community advocate, and the founder of the Ground Floor Theatre. Lisa first discusses her childhood, then moving to New York in 1977 at 18 to pursue theater. She discusses her experiences working in theater in New York for several decades, then moving to Chicago to start her own theater company. The conversation then moves to Lisa's identity as a transgender woman, and her decision to transition and move to Austin where she started the Ground Floor Theatre. Lisa then discusses her radio show, "Offstage and On the Air" on KOOP. Next, the discussion covers her involvement with the Austin Transgender Ordinance Initiative (now Transgender Education Network of Texas), Equality Texas, the Human Rights Commission, Anti-Defamation League, City of Austin Travis County Hate Crime Task Force, and other advocacy for the queer community. Finally, the interview discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the theater and queer communities, and Lisa's advice to younger queer and trans people.

2021-04-13

Lisa Scheps (she/her) interviewed by UT Austin student Dimitri Walker about her experiences as a trans woman, community advocate, and the founder of the Ground Floor Theatre. Lisa first discusses her childhood, then moving to New York in 1977 at 18 to pursue theater. She discusses her experiences working in theater in New York for several decades, then moving to Chicago to start her own theater company. The conversation then moves to Lisa's identity as a transgender woman, and her decision to transition and move to Austin where she started the Ground Floor Theatre. Lisa then discusses her radio show, "Offstage and On the Air" on KOOP. Next, the discussion covers her involvement with the Austin Transgender Ordinance Initiative (now Transgender Education Network of Texas), Equality Texas, the Human Rights Commission, Anti-Defamation League, City of Austin Travis County Hate Crime Task Force, and other advocacy for the queer community. Finally, the interview discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the theater and queer communities, and Lisa's advice to younger queer and trans people.

2021-04-13

Lois Ahrens interviewed by UT Austin student Michelle Sanchez about her life and activism. The interview starts with Ahrens' early life in the 1940s-1960s in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1970, she moved to Austin, Texas where she lived until the 1980s. There, she worked with many organizations including the Austin Women's Center, Free Space, The Rag, the Center for Battered Women, and the Real Cost of Prisons Project. She advocated for gay rights, a more progressive city council, and reproductive rights, among other causes. Ahrens also discusses the discrimination lesbians faced within the feminist movement in the 1970s.

2021-04-17

Lois Ahrens interviewed by UT Austin student Michelle Sanchez about her life and activism. The interview starts with Ahrens' early life in the 1940s-1960s in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1970, she moved to Austin, Texas where she lived until the 1980s. There, she worked with many organizations including the Austin Women's Center, Free Space, The Rag, the Center for Battered Women, and the Real Cost of Prisons Project. She advocated for gay rights, a more progressive city council, and reproductive rights, among other causes. Ahrens also discusses the discrimination lesbians faced within the feminist movement in the 1970s.

2021-04-17

Margaret Nunley interviewed by UT Austin student Sophie Lepere about her life in Austin. Nunley first shares about her childhood is West Texas and her decision to move to Austin. The interview then discusses her discovering feminism and getting involved in local community. The interview briefly discusses her business Pearl's Place and the 1977 National Women's Conference.

2021-04-21

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