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Diane Germain Interview

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Description: Diane Germain is a French-American lesbian-feminist psychiatric social worker who created and conducted a strength group for Women Survivors of Incest and/or Childhood Molest for five years. She was one of the founding mothers of Dykes on Hikes, The Lesbian Referral Service, Beautiful Lesbian Thespians, and California Women’s Art Collective; an early principal of the San Diego Lesbian Organization; and a collective member of Califia Community—a feminist education retreat. She was arrested and jailed for protesting the objectification of women in the “Myth CaliPORNia Kontest” in 1986. She creates humor as a hedge against the misogyny of heterosexist phallocentric patriarchy and to tickle the lesbians.

Date: 1997-04-11

Dixon Ramblings: Conversation with Navy Women from Dixon Witch Hunt, 1981-82

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Description: Conversations with the Navy women involved in the Dixon Witch Hunt military case that received national attention from 1982-1983. In 1982, several heterosexual women aboard the submariner USS Dixon gave the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) a list of women they suspected to be lesbians, sparking an investigation into the activities of these women. Through threats of court-martial the NIS convinced one of the suspects to confess and provide a list of lesbians aboard ship. The Dixon women fought their charges, under advisement of San Diego attorney Bridget Wilson, and by the end of the investigation only three of the women were discharged.

Date: 1981

Muriel Fisher Interview

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Description: This is an interview with Muriel Fisher done for the Lesbian History Project. She was a prominent San Diego artist and activist, remaining active in artistic and political community events till her death in 2005. She was a founder of Many Hands Craft Gallery, San Diego’s oldest artist cooperative. She was also involved with the San Diego Lesbian Organization, San Diego Jewish Lesbian Chavarah, Slightly Older Lesbians, and Shirttails Collective Coffee Houses. She performed and created stage sets for the Beautiful Lesbian Thespians stage group. Her specialty was in textiles and fiber arts, the most famous of which was a series of 12 dolls portraying Exceptional Women in the Arts, which are now permanently housed at the Women’s History Museum in San Diego. Topics of the interview include her family and childhood, meeting Sandy Clauss, CWSS, San Diego Lesbian Organization, Slightly Older Lesbians, Califia, art, activism, teaching, LPA, Sisterhands, and H.E.A.L.

Date: 1997-06-12

Jeri Dilno Interview

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Description: This is an interview with Jeri Dilno, particularly regarding her experiences in the military, and activism in the 1950s and 1970s. Jeri Dilno has been involved in the LGBT community since the 1950s. She joined the Air Force in 1958 and received an undesirable discharge in 1961 under suspicion of homosexuality (later changed to honorable after she fought the charge). She returned to San Diego in the 1970s and was heavily involved in many LGBT organizations and causes, both social and political. These include the San Diego LGBT Center, the LGBT Pride board, the San Diego Democratic Club, the LGBT State Democratic Caucus, and a campaign against the Briggs initiative.

Date: 1990-02-04