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

Dennis Fiordaliso Interview

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Description: Dennis graduated from the United States Naval Acadamy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1970, and served as an Engineering Officer in the Atlantic and Mediterranean Fleets for four years. He also later served as an Admiral’s Aide on the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations Security Council in New York City. In San Diego, Dennis was a Founding Board Member of the Lambda Archives where he served as Treasurer for 16 years. During this time, he also initiated and helped implement the conversion of the organization financial records, membership lists, and inventories of books and other collections from hard-copy to computer files. Dennis was also a Board member of Athletes-in-Motion and helped organize the participation of 250 San Diego athletes at the Gay Games in Vancouver in 1990, where team San Diego earned 150 medals including a Silver Medal for Dennis in Track. In 1992, as a member of the San Diego Veteran’s Association, Dennis was one of two dozen openly gay military veterans to march as a contingent in the San Diego Veterans Day Parade, the first such activity of its kind by a gay group in the United States. For the past 25 years Dennis has also been actively involved in supporting the work of other community groups, including: San Diego Front Runners and Walkers, Diversionary Theatre, San Diego Democratic Club, LGBT Center and San Diego Pride.

Date: 2016-06-06

J Marcus Newman Interview

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Description: Marcus began his “work” in the gay community in the early 1970’s when he would march in the Christopher Street West Pride Marches (when they were marches and not parades) with the likes of Morris Knight and Rev. Troy Perry. Would later write columns and features including his photos for several gay publications including Frontiers, Vector and NewsWest. He became coordinator of the Men’s Raps Program at the Gay Community Services Center (GCSC) and worked the hotline and in peer counseling when GCSC transitioned to the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. After moving to San Diego Marcus became a columnist and photographer for Several LGBT publications, was Secretary of the San Diego Chapter of Gay and Lesbian Sierra Club and Communications Director for AIDS Project San Diego. He has also been actively involved in San Diego Theatre, as an actor in the first production of Diversionary Theatre, leading acting workshops for gay men as well as writing directing and producing many gay themed stage plays.

Date: 2016-01-13

George Murphy Interview

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Description: Born and raised in Indiana, George Murphy moved to San Diego in 1971. A retired professor, George has spent the last forty years dedicated to San Diego and the LGBT Community. He is a member of the LGBT Senior Housing Steering Committee, a founding board member of the LAMBDA Archives, and a member of the Metropolitan Community Church of San Diego since 1972. He is also a founding member of and continues to volunteer for the LGBT Center. In 1983, George helped found the San Diego AIDS project. Through his ministry at MCC, he continues his work for people with AIDS, cancer and other illnesses. He also served on San Diego’s first telephone Gay Crisis Hotline and is a charter member on several committees for the San Diego Democratic Club. Honors and awards include the Jess Jessop Founder’s Award in 1993 and a Wall of Honor recipient for the Center in 2008. Amazingly, George still finds time to be active in his community, Ocean Beach. He has been involved with numerous projects and organizations, including Friends of the Ocean Beach Library, the Ocean Beach Planning Board, and the San Diego River Coalition. He loves to travel, read, watch old movies, practice yoga and view the sun setting on the ocean.

Date: 2014-12-02

Doug Moore Interview

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Description: The history of both Lambda Archives and San Diego Pride cannot be told without the name of Doug Moore. He has dedicated his life to the LGBT community, as well as preserving the history of Pride and LGBT history in general. Doug was raised in Santa Ana, and had family roots in San Diego where he moved in 1972. He came out in 1974. A minister in the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) took Doug to a meeting for the first San Diego Pride celebration at the first Center (on B Street) where Doug saw Nicole Murray-Ramirez speaking to 150 people sitting on the lawn. It was his introduction to activism, and he was hooked. By the next year, Doug was marching himself, and the year after that he was an organizer. Doug helped or led Pride for over 30 years. Doug served Pride in almost every capacity and has been a leader not only locally, but across the country and internationally. Doug’s work with Pride is also remarkable because of his commitment to recording history. Doug has compiled one of the largest collections of Pride materials in the world –including posters, buttons, t-shirts, programs, banners, photos, periodicals, and more, which he has given to Lambda Archives. It had grown to include over a thousand unique pieces occupying more than two storage units! So far more than half of that vast collection has been physically transferred to the Archives. The collection has been shown at events across the country and in Canada. Doug Moore was the President of Lambda Archives 2004-2006. He was instrumental in its founding in 1987, providing the large collection of LGBT materials he had at the time, thus helping Jess Jessop get the Archives off the ground. Doug also founded the North County Gay Association in 1978, and has volunteered for SAGE and The Center. He also served as treasurer for the Save Our Teachers campaign in 1978. Doug is also a San Diego LGBT Center Wall of Honor 2006 Honoree.

Date: 2016-04-29