The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, 2019Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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Collection Overview

Title: The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, 2019Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Predominant Dates: 2019
ID: 01/ AR0940
Extent: 11.0 Items
Arrangement: Arranged in two series to reflect the donor's original order: The Cathedral of Hope and Other Interviews
Date Acquired: 04/00/2020. More info below under Accruals.

Abstract

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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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

Collection 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)

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 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: Nino Testa Oral History Collection (The Dallas Way), University of North Texas Special Collections
Preferred Citation: The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

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  • Series 1: Cathedral of HopeAdd to your cart.

    • Item 1: Dan Peeler, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 2: Aurora F. Soto de Law, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 3: Morgan Borer, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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).

    • Item 4: Sue Schrader, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 5: Janice Darrow, 2019-01-25Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 6: Tim Taylor, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 7: Roger Poindexter, Jr., 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

    • Item 8: Judy Craig, 2019-01-26Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      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.

  • Series 2: Other InterviewsAdd to your cart.

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