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Barbara Vick Interview


Description: Part of Lambda Archives’ celebratory event “Heroines, Pioneers and Trailblazers” held March 19, 2016 in San Diego, CA. As a regular blood donor, Barbara Vick noticed screening questions at the blood bank in early 1983 that explicitly excluded gay men from giving blood. In those early days of AIDS fear about transmission ran high. Barbara decided to establish an account with the San Diego Blood Bank that gay men could upon if they needed blood. As a member of the newly formed Women’s Caucus of the San Diego Democratic Club, Barbara brought the idea to the group which resulted in unexpected success. Her efforts resulted in the formation of the “Blood Sisters”.  Their first blood drive in 1983 was an overwhelming success, bringing nearly 200 lesbians to the blood bank and is thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the United States. The Blood Sisters continued to organize blood drives for the next four years and led to the adoption of similar blood drives across the country. Barbara’s great leadership and creativity provided the lesbian community with an empowering outlet  in a time of frustration and hopelessness over this devastating disease.

Date:  2016-02-11


Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace and Peggy Heathers Interview


Description: This is an interview with Dr. Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace and her life partner Peggy Heathers. Cynthia is a self-described feminist and humanist of African descent. She co-founded the San Diego LGBT Center in the 1970s, the San Diego Women’s Chorus in 1987, and LAGADU (Lesbians and Gays of African Descent United). She was involved in the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses (GALA), and served on the County of San Diego Race Human Relations Commission. She was an activist against racism in the education system and developed curricula materials for the State of California. Peggy Heathers helped co-found the San Diego LGBT Center and the first women’s program at The Center, managed the San Diego Women’s Chorus and GALA, and organized the San Diego Democratic Club’s Blood Sister drive.

Date: 1990-02-19

LAGADU: Lesbians and Gays of African Descent United


Description: This video is about the organization Lesbians and Gays of African Descent United (LAGADU), taken in the year it was founded. LAGADU was founded in San Diego in 1989. It was the first African-American group to march in San Diego’s Gay Pride Parade. LAGADU was formed by local activist Martie Mackey in 1989 as a way to support and unify her fellow African American LGBT community. The group organized fellowship programs and educational forums that emphasized safe sex and leadership skills. They faced opposition from African American church leaders and their parishioners. Other prominent local figures involved with LAGADU included Cynthia Lawrence-Wallace, Peggy Heathers and Jim Cua (a Japanese-American activist).

Date:  1989-01-21

San Diego LGBT Center 1991-1996


Description: This video is focused on the San Diego LGBT Center between the years 1991 and 1996. The Center is a local non profit which provides extensive mental health services, housing for homeless LGBT youth, retirement care for the elderly, and numerous other programs and services for youth, seniors, families, men, women, Latinos, African Americans, Asian-Americans, and those struggling with HIV/AIDS.

Date: 1996