Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), 2019 - 2020Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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Collection Overview

Title: Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), 2019 - 2020Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates: 2019 - 2020
ID: 01/ AR0938
Extent: 10.0 Items
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.

Abstract

Ten audio recordings of oral histories with figures related to the Dallas LGBTQ community. Dr. Nino Testa conducted these oral histories in support of his research.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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

Technical Access Note:

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

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2020-021
Acquisition Source: Nino Testa/The Dallas Way
Acquisition Method: Gift.
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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  • Series 2: Other InterviewsAdd to your cart.

    • Item 6: Steven (Steve) Atkinson, 2019-02-17Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 7: Mike Grossman, 2019-03-31Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 8: Finnigan (Finn) Jones, 2019-04-28Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 9: Betty King, 2019-06-30Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.
    • Item 10: David Hearn, 2019-10-27Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

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