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Homospirital Lecture Series

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Description: At an early age Bell founded the first Gay Liberation group in San Francisco in 1970 at the age of 20. Later, he went on to found gay student unions at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University. During this period in his life, he also worked on Harvey Milk’s successful bid to become the city’s first openly gay supervisor. After his time as a student activist, Bell moved to San Diego. There, as one of the early directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, he was instrumental to keeping it in the public eye and at the forefront of the political scene. He served on its board for seven years, working at the same time on some of the earliest Gay Pride events in the city. In 1980 he attended the first spiritual gathering of Radical Faeries in Boulder, Colorado. Eventually he became a leading figure of the tribe and a colleague of Harry Hay, one of the founding fathers of gay liberation in the United States. Albert developed 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.

Date: 1991-09-13

Lynda Koolish interviewed by Susan Richards

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Description: This is an interview with San Diego artist Lynda Koolish completed for the Queer Artists Project. It is not only about Lynda herself, but also her documentation of the 1970’s. Both the life experiences she is talking about and the people and events she documented as a photographer are very historic, articulate and pertinent. As a photographer, Lynda documented many of the first women’s concerts, poetry readings, and events in the San Francisco bay area in the 1970s. Her work is a celebration of feminist culture and a celebration of women as writers, artists, musicians, critics, craftspeople, farmers, carpenters, mothers, daughters, sisters, lovers, and friends.

Date: 1997-11-05

Bridget Wilson Interview

Audio: https://archive.org/details/casdla_000050

Description: Bridget Wilson is a San Diego attorney who was involved in many military discrimination cases before and after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was implemented. She was a member of the Army Reserve from 1977-1980, after which she trained as a nurse and then entered the legal field. She started her own legal firm in 1997, specializing in military cases, civil litigation, business, employment, and personal injury. This interview by Peter Brown focuses on her experience in the Army Reserve and basic training.

Date: 1979