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Dr. Nino Testa is the Associate Director of Women & Gender Studies at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Testa is a former The Dallas Way board member.
Duane Puryear contracted HIV at the age of 16 in 1981. He did not learn he was HIV-positive until 1987, when he was 22 years old. After his diagnosis Puryear volunteered with the AIDS Hotline of the Dallas AIDS Resource Center and sought out any opportunity to speak with young people about living with AIDS. In this way, he shaped countless lives for the better. Puryear’s friends remember him as a charismatic and positive person. His personal goal was to be the person who lived the longest with AIDS. He passed away in October 1991 having survived four serious bouts of AIDS complications.
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Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), University of North Texas Special Collections
The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
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Arranged in two series to reflect the donor's original order: Duane Puryear and Other Interviews
The audio recordings in this collection cover topics related to the Dallas LGBTQ community, notably Duane Puryear’s life and LGBTQ and AIDS related charities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Puryears, part 1
Topics covered include: the couple's childhoods, how they met, and their careers and family life. The majority of the interview concerns Duane Puryear's life and legacy.
Puryears, part 2
Topics covered include: making a NAMES Project Memorial AIDS Quilt square for Duane (a re-creation of the square he made for himself, which was lost on an airplane flight), the grief support group the Puryears attended, Marilyn Hollingsworth and her husband, the composition and style of Duane's art, Duane's career goal to be an art educator, Duane's legacy, and a timeline of Duane's life, including where he lived throughout his life.
Topics covered include Reich's career in museums and his friendship with Duane Puryear.
Topics covered include Carmody's romantic relationship with Duane Puryear.
Topics covered include: Waybourn's leadership roles with the Dallas Gay Alliance and the Resource Center Dallas, Gay Urban Truth Squad (GUTS) protests, the AIDS epidemic, and Waybourn's recollections of Resource Center Dallas volunteer Duane Puryear.
Topics covered include: his childhood in Keller, Texas and his relationship with his family, his coming out as gay after a brief marriage to a woman, his views on religion and spirituality, and his volunteer work for Dallas LGBTQ organizations.
Topics covered include: Grossman's early life in Minneapolis, his failed marriage to a woman, his long term relationship with his late partner George and his coming out as gay, his involvement with fundraisers for services to support the gay and lesbian community in Dallas, his friendship with Lory Masters, and his work with The Dallas Way and EDUCARE.
Jones, who was assigned the sex of female at birth and lived as Stacy Jeanette Jones for 42 years, discusses his upbringing, his career in the Coast Guard, the discrimination he faced as a lesbian, especially as a service member under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," his membership of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) in Fort Worth, founding Trans-Cendence International, and being the first trans person to run for a position in the Texas House or any legislative election in Texas.
Oral history interview with Betty King, born Betty Warren. She discusses her upbringing in a small, non-diverse town in Illinois, her educational and professional history, and her involvement with Gayline, the Resource Center, and the Coalition for Aging, LGBT.
Topics covered include Hearn's upbringing in Chattanooga, Tennessee, his coming out story, his career at J. C. Penney's, and his founding of the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.