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Homospiritual Lecture Series Session 4


Description: This is a continuation of Albert Bell’s homospiritual lecture series, part of a popular course titled “Homospiritual: A Gay Journey to Self Esteem.” This course ran for several years and was presented before hundreds of San Diego men in the 1980s. Bell was a leading figure in the Radical Faeries spiritualist movement. Additionally, Bell founded the first Gay Liberation group in San Francisco in 1970, several gay student unions, and remained active in politics and local service organizations until his death in 1993.

Date: 1991-10-04

January Riddle Interview


Description: Sailor, Pilot, Educator, Activist. January Riddle found herself in San Diego in 1981 by accident while sailing up the coast of Baja California. Her activism would begin after Joining the National Organization of Women (NOW) through which she would meet people from the political, feminist and LGBT communities. Eventually she would become president of the San Diego Chapter. She would also serve on the Boards of the San Diego Democratic Club, San Diego Pride and the Diversionary Theater. She speaks of her career as an educator at San Diego State University and University of Phoenix and highlights her experiences as an activist starting with The fight against the Briggs Initiative, the defense of sex workers in San Diego and of women’s reproductive rights.

Date: 2016-05-18

Truax Memorial


Note: Part 1 has silence from 00:00:40 – 00:02:15 and quiet moments throughout. Part 2 has ambient sound from 00:02:40 – 00:08:00 and quiet moments throughout.

Description: This is a partial recording of a memorial following the death of Dr. Brad Truax of AIDS complications. Truax was a San Diego physician and political activist who worked to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. He was president of the San Diego Democratic Club from 1981-1984, a founder of the United San Diego Elections Committee in 1981, and one of the first members of the San Diego County Human Relations Commission in 1985.

Date: 1988-12-10

San Diego Democratic Club 25th Anniversary Speech: Gloria Johnson


Description: The San Diego Democratic Club (now San Diego Democrats for Equality) was founded in 1975, one of the earliest LGBT organizations in the area. It was one of very few political and social outlets for the community at the time, with many meetings held in secret due to members’ fears of being outed in public. The club has grown to be very active in regional and statewide political activities, and their endorsement is highly sought by political candidates in San Diego. This tape has a speech by one of the club’s former presidents, Gloria Johnson, who was deeply involved in local activism till her death in 2013.

Date: 2000

Susan Jester Interview


Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Susan Jester is a 3rd generation Californian who grew up in Palm Springs and moved to San Diego to attend San Diego State University in the early 60’s. Raised in a strict evangelical home, Susan struggled with her sexuality until finally coming out at age 40 in 1983. When the AIDS epidemic struck the gay community in the early 80’s, she used her organizing skills and political experience to raise public awareness, calm the public fears and raise critically needed money. Susan mobilized the LGBT community and numerous straight allies to produce the first AIDS Walk in San Diego in 1986. At the time there was no government funding, medical care or disability status for people with HIV/AIDS and the death rate was frighteningly high. Because of the fear and stigma around HIV and it’s unknown transmission sources, this first walk intentionally avoided using the word “AIDS” in the title and instead was named San Diego Walks For Life. In addition to being a fighter for those suffering from HIV/AIDS, Susan has worked for the Human Rights Commission, was the Executive Director of the 25th Anniversary of Stonewall March on the UN in 1994 and served New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. She serves on the Board of Pride, The Log Cabin Republican Club, the Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Council, AIDS Memorial Task Force and was appointed by Mayor Faulconer to the San Diego City Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission.

Date: 2016-01-25