Dennis Fiordaliso Interview


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

Out in San Diego: June 10-14, 1985


Description: Out in San Diego (OISD) was an LGBT radio program that aired on KPBS in the mid-1980s. Producers included Rick Moore and Jeri Dilno, both active participants in the San Diego LGBT movement and local political organizations. This reel covers a week of the program in June 1985. Topics include the San Diego Pride parade and festival, the Gay Freedom Band, and a two-part segment on the military and AIDS.

Date: 1985-06-10

John Keasler Interview


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

Jerilyn Dilno Interview


Description: Ms. Jeri Dilno was born in San Diego in 1936. She graduated from Point Loma High School in 1954 and attended San Diego State University. She left SDSU in 1958 and joined the Air Force, but received an undesirable discharge in 1961 as part of an investigation of eight individuals suspected of being gay. Ms. Dilno was the only one who fought the accusations and requested a hearing; her discharge was later changed to honorable, but the experience prompted a lifelong commitment to the advancement of LGBT people. She helped found the first organized Pride March in 1975, was the first female Executive Director of The Center, from 1975 to 1977, and attended the International Conference on Women in 1977 as an openly lesbian delegate. She chaired The Center board from 1978 to 1980, and campaigned against the Briggs Initiative. Ms. Dilno was president of the San Diego Democratic Club from 1987 to 1991, co-chaired the LGBT State Democratic Caucus from 1989 to 1991 and was a delegate at the National Democratic Convention in 1988, 1992, and 2000. See article at:

Date: 2015-11-18