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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

John Keasler Interview

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Description: Born and raised in a small farming community in northeast Texas, John would later enlist in the US Army in 1969 and serve a tout of Duty in Vietnam. He eventually would settle in San Diego in 1975 and was almost immediately swept up by the social and political activism during that time. He would be involved in the “No on 6” fight against the Briggs initiative in 1978 and was the co-chair of San Diego’s Fledgling Gay Pride March where he would fight for the inclusion of women and socialists in the planning and parade. In 1979 he became the first editor of Update Newsmagazine. During the 1980’s he would be the President and Vice-President of San Diego Veteran’s Association and member of the United Veteran Council of San Diego where he would speak out for gays in the military. In 1986 he would work with F. Stanley Berry and Dr. Brad Truax to coordinate the B-Safe campaign, the first outreach to the gay community by the CDC to test for Hep B. The eighties would also see John test positive for HIV. Undeterred John would keep advocating and fighting, being involved in Strength For The Journey San Diego, a retreat for persons living with AIDS, National Leather Association, AIDS Art Alive, Kids Art Therapy, Art Of Pride and was a Peer Advocate for Being Alive. John would become an Honoree for the Gay Center’s Veterans Wall of Honor in 2014 and has won a Special Commendation from City Council member Toni Atkins for Volunteer of the Year.

Date: 2016-05-16

Robert H. Lynn Interview

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Description: After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, Lynn won his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law. During his long legal career he’s served on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego County (a former president), the Greater San Diego Business Association, Gays and Lesbians for Programming Excellence KPBS Affinity Group, The San Diego LGBT Community Center (in the early years) and the California Human Rights Advocates. He also was a founder of the San Diego Democratic Club and has worked with the San Diego County Health Services Advisory Board, the California Democratic Council, the San Diego Coalition for Human Rights and the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego. Lynn currently sits on the Conference of Delegates of the State Bar Association and is an active member of the Tom Homann Law Association. One of Lynn’s more-notable legal battles was Lawson vs Kolender, a landmark 1983 case that ended in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down California’s 111-year-old vagrancy law. Lynn filed suit on behalf of Edward Lawson, a tall, lanky African-American with impressive dreadlocks, who had been stopped 15 times by San Diego police when he went walking in the city’s so-called “white neighborhoods” and refused to produce identification. The court deemed the law unconstitutional, ruling that any American can walk anywhere, at any time, and not have to identify himself to police without cause. Lynn also is a published journalist, having penned biweekly columns on politics and other non-legal matters for the Pacific Coast Times from 1974 to 1978. He currently heads his own law firm, focusing on appellate and trial litigation, and business and real estate law. And one more significant affiliation for the man who circled the globe: He and partner Howe are members of The Seven Seas Cruising Association.

Date: 2015-03-31

Wendy Sue Biegeleisen Interview

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Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Self identified as a loud, proud, activist Jewish peacenik Dyke, Wendy Sue has for 35 years volunteered her time and her deep caregiving spirit to numerous grassroots organizations in response to the AIDS epidemic. In her work with Concerned Citizens for AIDS Patients (CCAP), a group founded by Carolyn Butterworth, she assisted those with AIDS in everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning, giving haircuts and in the end holding their hands while they took their last breath. She also helped to organize quilting bees, helping San Diegans make their own panels for the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Wendy Sue channeled her anger and grief over watching her community’s devastation into more direct activism and helped to start the ACT-UP San Diego chapter. ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) San Diego harnessed the power of non- violent protest and civil disobedience to agitate for both political and direct service responses to the AIDS epidemic. She also worked with ACT-UP to start a clean needle exchange program (illegally) in the early 1990’s to help reduce the rate of HIV transmission. Additionally, Wendy Sue has been involved with Project Lifeguard and the Blood Sisters.

Date: 2016-02-08