Carole Norman Interview

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Description: Carole Norman was working as a sexual health nurse with the San Diego County Department of Health Services when an increasing number of clients began showing symptoms of and asking questions about a new illness that was affecting their community. As she met more people suffering from AIDS and after losing patients, friends and loved ones her dedication to prevention and education grew. As president of the Black Nurses Association, she and other members of the BNA brought an AIDS education campaign to churches and other venues in the African American community. She has also led fundraising initiatives for San Diego’s Walk for Life(now AIDS Walk),  and continues to be a trusted expert in the community about HIV/AIDS. Although retired Carole continues to be involved with the BNA and volunteers at the Sharp Grossmont Senior Resource Center and is on the committee for the San Diego AIDS Memorial Fund.

Date: 2016-02-08

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

Stan Lewis Interview

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Description: A longtime community activist, Stanley Lewis is active in the political and health care communities. He is a former gubernatorial appointee to the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He currently serves as a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and as an outside member of the program committee of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Lewis is a former co-chair of San Diego Pride, former vice president of the San Diego Democratic Club, former president of Dignity/San Diego, and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board to the San Diego Chief of Police. Lewis has a decorated political and social service career, having served as chief of staff to former San Diego City Councilmember Valerie Stallings during her first term and as consultant to the Public Facility and Recreation Committee (now PS&NS). He has also served as director of HIV/AIDS Services for a federally-funded program that provides care to San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. More recently he served as governmental affairs representative for the largest city employees’ union. Lewis completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and received his master’s degree in international business from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York. He currently resides in Encanto with his spouse, Mossie.

Date: 2015-02-10

Rick Wilson Interview

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Description: Rick Wilson never envisioned himself getting involved with social or political activism. He was happy to live in Hillcrest, out and free, working as a ballroom dance instructor and as a manager of a travel agency. Then in the early 90’s he found himself involved in the campaign against the planned AIDS Memorial in Balboa Park. At first it seemed an impossible task as the Gay community leadership along with the San Diego City Council had united behind the proposed memorial. Eventually Rick would find support among the community and worked with ACT-UP and Wendy Sue Biegeleisen and changed the tide of public and political opinion. Many in the community believed that the money would be better spent on AIDS related servives and that “AIDS was not done yet”. The rally cry would become “No AIDS Memorial until there is a cure”. The interview tells the story of Rick’s Journey through the process of becoming an activist and taking on the powers that be and ultimately winning the argument.

Date: 2016-04-27