By Julie Judkins
|Title:||The Dallas Way Oral History Collection, 2019|
|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.|
Scope and Contents of the MaterialsThe audio recordings in this collection cover topics related to the Dallas LGBTQ community, notably the Cathedral of Hope.
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|Repository:||University of North Texas Special Collections|
|Acquisition Source:||Nino Testa/The Dallas Way|
|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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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics covered include her childhood in Irving, Texas and her career as a teacher and then as a pastor.