01/AR0940 Guide to the The Dallas Way Oral History Collection Dallas Way Oral History Collection Finding Aid Authors: Julie Judkins.

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Guide to the The Dallas Way Oral History Collection University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection The Dallas Way Oral History Collection 2019 01/AR0940 The Dallas Way The Cathedral of Hope 11.00 University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
Eleven audio recordings of oral histories with figures related to the Dallas LGBTQ community conducted by members of the community history organization The Dallas Way.
Historical Note:

The Dallas Way was founded in 2011 "to gather and preserve the untold and under-told stories of the Rainbow Community of Dallas, through the collection and preservation of historical archives, the capturing of video and audio recordings of personal oral histories of individuals, the collecting and publishing of the written stories of Dallas-area LGBTQ organizations and members of the LGBTQ community, and the public speaking presentations of personal stories as told by individuals from within the LGBTQ community and by the many dedicated allies of our community." (Credit: www.thedallasway.org)

Administrative History:

The Cathedral of Hope (CoH) was founded in 1970 when 12 people gathered in a Dallas home to discuss establishing a Metropolitan Community Church congregation. The congregants gathered in private homes for the first year and a half of the church’s existence, using a coffee table as an altar. Today the church has over 4,000 members and is one of the world’s largest inclusive churches that primarily serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender population.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material: Oral histories (literary works) Geographic Name: Dallas County (Tex.) Topical Term: Gay rights--Texas Gay rights--United States Oral history
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Gift.

Accruals:

2020-021

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way) of the UNT Libraries

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection exists only in a digital format and must be viewed in The Portal to Texas History.

This collection exists only in a digital format in The Portal to Texas History. An Internet connection is required to view this collection.

Arrangement of Materials:

Arranged in two series to reflect the donor's original order: The Cathedral of Hope and Other Interviews

Scope and Contents

The audio recordings in this collection cover topics related to the Dallas LGBTQ community, notably the Cathedral of Hope.

Detailed List of Contents id264576 Cathedral of Hope id264577 1 Dan Peeler 2019-01-26 Title:

Dan Peeler

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Kevin O'Leary and Buddy Mullino Topics covered include: Peeler's upbringing, his coming to terms with his sexuality, living in Oak Lawn, his college years at UT Arlington and SMU, his career in the entertainment industry, his work as a volunteer puppeteer at local churches, liberal theology, the meaning and purpose of the LGBTQ initialism, and the Cathedral of Hope.

id264578 2 Aurora F. Soto de Law 2019-01-26 Title:

Aurora F. Soto de Law

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Barbara Rosenberg and John Perez Topics covered include: her religious upbringing in the Southern Baptist church, her attendance at the Cathedral of Hope, her failed marriage to a man, her romantic relationships with women, and the illness and death of her longtime female partner whose memorial was held at the Cathedral of Hope.

id264579 3 Morgan Borer 2019-01-26 Title:

Morgan Borer

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Michael Winsor and Lauren Davis Topics covered include: Borer's upbringing in Queens, New York, on the island of St. Martin, and in New Jersey, his religious background and spiritual beliefs, his membership at and participation in the choir at the Cathedral of Hope, and the schism between the Cathedral of Hope and the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

id264580 4 Sue Schrader 2019-01-26 Title:

Sue Schrader

Scope and Contents

Interviews: Alexis Sanchez and Valencia Sandage Oral history interview with Sue Schrader who has worked at the Cathedral of Hope since November 1981, about the history of the Cathedral of Hope. Topics covered include: Schrader's early years in the Midwest, the story of how she came to be a member and then employee at the Cathedral of Hope, social and charity programs administered by the Cathedral of Hope, and the growing Latino membership at the Cathedral of Hope.

id264581 5 Janice Darrow 2019-01-25 Title:

Janice Darrow

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Kiva Harper and Megan Soloman Topics covered include: how Darrow started attending church at the Cathedral of Hope, her religious upbringing in the Episcopalian Church, her relationship with her daughter, and her views on same sex marriage and LGBTQ rights.

id264582 6 Tim Taylor 2019-01-26 Title:

Tim Taylor

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Kathryn Bryant and Kathy Lawrence Topics covered include: his childhood in England, his introduction to the Cathedral of Hope (CoH), his service on the Cathedral of Hope Board from 1994 to 2009, the history of the Cathedral of Hope's location and buildings, the split between the Cathedral of Hope and the Metropolitan Community Church (CoH's original affiliation), and the history behind the arrivals and departures of Cathedral's clergy.

id264583 7 Roger Poindexter, Jr. 2019-01-26 Title:

Roger Poindexter, Jr.

Scope and Contents

Interviewer: Scott McCraig and Morgan VIllavasso Topics covered include: Poindexter's upbringing in Virginia, his coming out to his family as gay, his career at EDS, how he became a Cathedral of Hope member, his service on the boards of the Turtle Creek Chorale and Lambda Legal, discrimination he's faced as a Black man, his role models, and his goals for the rest of his life.

id264584 8 Judy Craig 2019-01-26 Title:

Judy Craig

Scope and Contents

Interviewers: Batrina Goree and Deb Levy Topics covered include: Craig's upbringing, how she came to the Cathedral of Hope (then known as the Metropolitan Community Church), the local Daughters of Bilitis chapter, her holy union with her partner in 2012, and the Flying W Motorcycle Club of Dallas.

id264585 Other Interviews id264586 9 Doug Jeffcoats 2019-05-06 Title:

Doug Jeffcoats

Scope and Contents

Topics covered include his Baptist upbringing, his career at Louisiana Tech University and as a teacher, his enjoyment of the gay social scene in Dallas, being closeted as a teacher in Arlington, his volunteering with the AIDS Services Dinner Club, and the AIDS epidemic.

id264587 10 David Taffet 2019? Title:

David Taffet

Scope and Contents

Topics covered include Taffet's career in retail, as the owner of a travel agency (The Big Gay Travel Agency), his writing career at The Dallas Voice, and his hosting of the Lambda Weekly radio show. Taffet also speaks about his involvement with LGBTQ organizations and his role in the passage of the Texas hate crimes law.

id264588 11 Carol A. West 2019? Title:

Carol A. West

Scope and Contents

Topics covered include her childhood in Irving, Texas and her career as a teacher and then as a pastor.