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Bonnie Zimmerman Interview

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Description: Recorded as part of the Lambda Archives of San Diego’s 20th anniversary.

Additional Description: Bonnie Zimmerman came to San Diego State University in 1978 as a member of the Women’s Studies Department, where she is now associate vice president for Faculty Affairs. Zimmerman is known for her work on lesbian fiction and literary theory, and for more than 30 years, she has dedicated herself to fostering the growth of women’s studies and lesbian studies through research, teaching and program development. She has served on the editorial boards of five scholarly journals, published four award-winning books, and her work has been included in The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism. Zimmerman lectures at universities across the country and in Europe and is known in San Diego for her Lesbian ‘Herstory’ Slide Show, which she presents to campus groups and community organizations. She also developed and teaches seven courses on lesbian and gay studies at SDSU, UCSD and UCLA.

Date: 2007-11-20

Benjamin Dillingham, III Interview

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Description: Ben Dillingham is a board member for AIDS Project San Diego, AIDS Walk San Diego, L.I.F.E. Foundation, San Diego Community Research Group and Something Special Food Pantry. He is also a member of The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s Development Committee, is part of the United Way’s Diversity Committee and a member of the County of San Diego AIDS Services Advisory Panel. Dillingham is a board chair of AIDS Foundation San Diego, board treasurer of San Diego Scholarship Foundation and sits on the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Finance Committee. He is an appointee of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to the San Diego County Veterans Advisory Council and is part of the Wall of Honor committee. Throughout the years, Dillingham has received countless awards for his dedication to community service and has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign Fund, Bravo! Newsmagazine, the Asian Pacific Islander Community AIDS Project, and received the AIDS Walk San Diego Hero Award, among other honors. A longtime member of the Imperial Court de San Diego, he has received the Queen Eddie Award, the Presidential Award and has received Jose Honors by the International Court Council. Currently retired, Dillingham served previously as chief financial officer/controller for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit Development Board and as Chief of Staff to San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor. He is a graduate of St. Mark’s School, Southborough Massachusetts, Harvard College and the Harvard University Business School. He is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having received a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, and was named the 2007 LGBT Veteran of the Year.

Date: 2008-12-05

Regina Reinhardt Interview

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Description: Regina Reinhardt is considered an expert in the field of bisexuality. Born in Germany, she came to California in 1970 and pursued a career in psychology. After receiving her bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in counseling from the California School of Professional Psychology, Reinhardt entered private practice with a specialization in sexual orientation and sexual identity. In 1993, she authored Bisexual Women in Heterosexual Relationships, and wrote the foreword to Dr. Fritz Klein’s book The Bisexual Option, which was published later that same year. She currently serves as the managing editor for the Journal of Bisexuality and a Director of the American Institute of Bisexuality. Reinhardt was the coordinator of the Bisexual Forum, a support and discussion group for bisexuals, and was on the steering committee for the 1993 and 1998 Bi-West Conferences in San Diego. Reinhardt is also a sculptor. Motivated by the idea that love is possible outside of the traditional idea of “one man and one woman,” her themes for her sculptures depict alternative lifestyles. She contributed a sculpture-tile to Aids Art Alive and has since exhibited her sculptures at art exhibits for several bisexual conferences, in San Diego, Los Angeles and Rotterdam, Netherlands and at The Center in San Diego.

Date: 2008-11-08

Tracie Jada O’Brien Interview

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Description: Recorded as part of the Lambda Archives of San Diego’s 20th anniversary.

Since surviving the mean streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the 1970s as a young transgender street kid, Tracie Jada O’Brien has become one of the most respected and elegant role models of our community – a testament to beauty, survival and perseverance. O’Brien is a certified addictions treatment counselor and spent six years as a counselor and coordinator of Extend Services at Stepping Stone of San Diego, a nationally renowned Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility specific to the GLBT community. O’Brien is also the co-founder of Transaction, San Diego’s first political/social/transgender group that succeeded in having cross-dressing laws in the county repealed. O’Brien is active with the San Francisco Transgender Law Center, The California Transgender Leadership Summit, The California Office of AIDS Transgender HIV Equality and Party Conferences, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender HIV Prevention. She is also the coordinator of the Family Health Center’s Project S.T.A.R.,which provides services for the transgender community.

Date: 2007-11-04