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

Tony Freeman Interview

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Description: Recorded as part of the Lambda Archives of San Diego’s 20th anniversary.

Additional Description: Before moving to San Diego in 1996 to accept a position as senior pastor at Metropolitan Community Church San Diego, Tony Freeman lived in Florida and Denver, where he was involved with HIV/AIDS services, the Imperial Courts’ Scholarship Review Committee and the GLBT Community Services Center. Since settling in Allied Gardens, with his partner and their 11-year-old son, Tony Freeman has received numerous awards for his community activities. They include: helping to found Sunburst Apartments, San Diego’s first supportive housing project for GLBT homeless youth; founding Operation Hope for the Hungry, which provided critical community and ecumenical support for the San Diego Food Bank when it was forced to find a new home; and founding Caravan of Hope, which collected and delivered supplies to GLBT people affected by Hurricane Katrina. He received the 1998 Nicky Governor’s Award for community service, the 2001 Champion of Pride award, and he is a 2006 recipient of the Center’s Visionary Award for work on the GLBT homeless youth housing project. In August 2007, Freeman was appointed executive director of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

Date: 2007-11-30

Maria Galleta Interview

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Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Maria Galleta co-founded Christie’s Place with Irene Milton in 1996, establishing the only organization in San Diego whose mission is  dedicated to serving women, children and families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, providing education, support and advocacy. Currently, she helps run ACOSIDA Clinic, the oldest HIV/AIDS clinic in Tijuana founded in 1983  and Casa Nicole, founded in 2006,  which offers transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. ACOSIDA was founded to help those afflicted with AIDS find affordable or free treatment in order to help them focus on other aspects of their lives. Casa Nicole offers a sanctuary to those in Mexico facing social derision by providing basic healthcare, psychological treatment, substance abuse treatment, hygiene counseling, HIV prevention classes and assistance in finding employment. Together, these two organizations provide an essential response to HIV/AIDS on the Mexican side of the border. Her passion, dedication, leadership  and courage in the fight against AIDS and discrimination have provided solace and joy to innumerable souls.

Date: 2016-03-14

Ruth Hendricks Interview

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Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Ruth Hendricks left Chicago in 1978 to “try to make a go of It” in San Diego. At first she worked for tips only at the Huddle, a popular neighborhood restaurant, eventually becoming it’s owner in 1986.Realizing the crucial role good nutrition plays in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS , Ruth founded Special Delivery San Diego out of the kitchen of the Huddle in June, 1991. Ruth witnessed the deteriorating health of her patrons. When regular customers stopped coming for a meal Ruth would make a special delivery. Special Delivery is a 100% volunteer grassroots non-profit California Corporation preparing, packaging and delivering nutritious meals to men, women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses. Currently 150 volunteers not only provide delivery service but also provide a food pantry feeding 450 families monthly as well as a diabetes educational program  and a strong support system for these populations. Ruth has given over 25 years of dedicated service to the San Diego community and has been honored by President Clinton with the Points of Light award as well as numerous local civic and community awards.

Date: 2016-03-14

Karibu 1996: Dance-A-Rama, Crown Point BBQ, Birthday Slumber Skate

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Note: Lots of quick edits throughout, as in original tape.

Description: Karibu (the Center for Social Support and Education) is an AIDS support organization in San Diego. Originally focused on African American GBT men, Karibu has expanded to provide educational and support services to AIDS/HIV afflicted individuals regardless of race, gender, sexuality, or health status, including providing emergency housing.

Date: 1996