Christine Kehoe Interview

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Description: Kehoe was born in 1950 in Troy, New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from University at Albany, The State University of New York in 1977. She became active in politics in 1978 as a volunteer with the Center for Women’s Studies and Services in San Diego. Kehoe was editor of the San Diego Gayzette during 1984–1986, and was San Diego County chair for the campaign to defeat California Proposition 64 (1986) and restore AIDS to the state list of communicable diseases. She was the coordinator of the San Diego AIDS Assistance Fund 1987–1988, executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association 1988–1989, and a city council aide from 1989-1992. Kehoe represented San Diego’s 3rd City Council District from 1993 to 2000, and the 76th District in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2004. She was the city’s first openly gay elected official. In 1998, she ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 49th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Brian Bilbray, but was defeated. As City Councilmember, she facilitated a decrease in crime in her district by initiating a public/private partnership that built a center housing a library, theater and Head Start classrooms, in addition to other community services. She was also instrumental in the construction of Interstate 15 after multiple delays. In November 2012 she announced that she will become executive director of the California Plug-In Vehicle Collaborative effective January 1, 2013. The collaborative, founded in July 2012, promotes the acceptance and availability of all-electric cars.

Date: 2008-05-08

Jerilyn Dilno Interview

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Description: Ms. Jeri Dilno was born in San Diego in 1936. She graduated from Point Loma High School in 1954 and attended San Diego State University. She left SDSU in 1958 and joined the Air Force, but received an undesirable discharge in 1961 as part of an investigation of eight individuals suspected of being gay. Ms. Dilno was the only one who fought the accusations and requested a hearing; her discharge was later changed to honorable, but the experience prompted a lifelong commitment to the advancement of LGBT people. She helped found the first organized Pride March in 1975, was the first female Executive Director of The Center, from 1975 to 1977, and attended the International Conference on Women in 1977 as an openly lesbian delegate. She chaired The Center board from 1978 to 1980, and campaigned against the Briggs Initiative. Ms. Dilno was president of the San Diego Democratic Club from 1987 to 1991, co-chaired the LGBT State Democratic Caucus from 1989 to 1991 and was a delegate at the National Democratic Convention in 1988, 1992, and 2000. See article at: http://www.thecentersd.org/pdf/woh/woh-programbook-2005.pdf

Date: 2015-11-18

Jeri Dilno Interview

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Description: This is an interview with Jeri Dilno, particularly regarding her experiences in the military, and activism in the 1950s and 1970s. Jeri Dilno has been involved in the LGBT community since the 1950s. She joined the Air Force in 1958 and received an undesirable discharge in 1961 under suspicion of homosexuality (later changed to honorable after she fought the charge). She returned to San Diego in the 1970s and was heavily involved in many LGBT organizations and causes, both social and political. These include the San Diego LGBT Center, the LGBT Pride board, the San Diego Democratic Club, the LGBT State Democratic Caucus, and a campaign against the Briggs initiative.

Date: 1990-02-04

Jeri Dilno interview with David Farrell

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Note: Interview ends in part two at 00:14:50, followed by unrelated content.

Description: Jeri Dilno has been involved in the LGBT community since the 1950s. She joined the Air Force in 1958 and received an undesirable discharge in 1961 under suspicion of homosexuality (later changed to honorable after she fought the charge). She returned to San Diego in the 1970s and was heavily involved in many LGBT organizations and causes, both social and political. These include the San Diego LGBT Center, the LGBT Pride board, the San Diego Democratic Club, the LGBT State Democratic Caucus, and a campaign against the Briggs initiative. Reverend David Farrell was Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego (MCCSD) from 1975-1995. MCCSD has been actively involved in the LGBT civil rights movement and provided counseling and support services throughout the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. He began an annual 50-hour prayer vigil on December 1, 1985 that soon spread to other churches around the country, sparking the United Nations and World Health Organization to proclaim December 1 to be World AIDS Day. Farrell was also instrumental in raising awareness and gathering support in California in the fight against Anita Bryant and the Briggs Initiative in 1978. In this interview Farrell discusses his religious background and troubled youth, his involvement with the Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego, volunteerism in the gay community, and AIDS/HIV issues. Note: On Tape 2, after 14:50 the interview ends and the tape contains audio of a meeting regarding county funds for AIDS research, and possibly a meeting of the San Diego Democratic Club.