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Mike Passante Interview


Description: Growing up in Westchester County New York, Mike was always a low- key individual, not really interested in activism of any kind. That changed while attending the University of Arizona in 1973 when somebody he knew was attacked and killed outside of a gay bar in Tuscon with no legal action taken on the perpetrators. His political and social activism had begun. Community LGBT Activist San Diego since 1981. President SD Pool League 11 seasons. Commissioner America’s Finest City Softball League 1986. Executive Director PAWS (“Pets Are Wonderful Support”, an organization that has dedicated itself to helping low-income seniors, and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities keep their pets at home) , 1994-1996. Publisher/writer SD SCORES (nations 1st LGBT sports publication) Staff writer: SD North Park Review. Sports writer: Update, Gay/Lesbian Times. Mr Gay SD 1986. Recipient Channel 10 leadership Award. Executive Director: Project First Step. 1995-1998.

Date: 2015-09-09

Pride 1998: Oral Histories of Seniors: SWAP, FOG, SAGE


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Description: These are a series of short interviews conducted by Lambda Archives at the San Diego Pride Festival in 1998. They focus on members of the senior groups SWAP (Seniors With a Purpose), FOG (Fellowship of Older Gays) and SAGE (Seniors Active in a Gay Environment).

Date: 1998-07

Larue Fields Interview


Description: Larue Fields has been a tireless worker and advocate for low income people of color and LGBT seniors. She began her professional career at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD where she taught Health and Physical Education in addition to coaching women’s basketball. Later she would become the first African American female head coach at the University of Minnesota leading the Women’s Basketball team. Currently she serves as Coordinator of Senior Services at the San Diego LGBT Community Center providing vital resources and referrals regarding health care, social services and community activities. Previously Larue had served as Director of Community Education and a Social Service Coordinator at Senior Community Services (now referred to as Serving Seniors) and was program Director at the Salvation Army Family Development Center. She was a Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honoree in 2015.

Date: 2016-01-27

Nicole Murray-Ramirez Interview


Description: Nicole Murray-Ramirez, also known as Empress Nicole the Great, is Queen Mother of the Americas within the Imperial Court System. He has been an LGBT activist for decades, and was pivotal in developing San Diego’s LGBT community. He has also served on the Chief of Police Advisory Board, San Diego’s Human Relations Commission, and is a San Diego city commissioner.

Date: 1990-02-08

Jose Sarria Interview


Description: This is an interview with Jose Julio Sarria conducted by John Lockhart during research for his book,The Gay Man’s Guide to Growing Older, published in 2002. Jose Sarria, a WWII veteran living in San Francisco, was the first openly LGBT candidate to run for public office in North America. In 1965 he founded the first chapter of the Imperial Court System in San Francisco, and he ran the organization until 2007. It is now an international organization with 68 chapters through the US, Canada, and Mexico and is responsible for a great deal of philanthropic fundraising and AIDS service centers.

Date: 2000