By Julie Judkins
|Title:||Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), 2019 - 2020|
|Predominant Dates:||2019 - 2020|
|Arrangement:||Arranged in two series to reflect the donor's original order: Duane Puryear and Other Interviews|
|Date Acquired:||04/00/2020. More info below under Accruals.|
Scope and Contents of the MaterialsThe 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.
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|Repository:||University of North Texas Special Collections|
|Acquisition Source:||Nino Testa/The Dallas Way|
|Related Materials:||The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections|
|Preferred Citation:||Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), University of North Texas Special Collections|
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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.