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Dennis Fiordaliso Interview

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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

Stan Lewis Interview

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Description: A longtime community activist, Stanley Lewis is active in the political and health care communities. He is a former gubernatorial appointee to the California State Board of Chiropractic Examiners. He currently serves as a trustee of the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts and as an outside member of the program committee of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. Lewis is a former co-chair of San Diego Pride, former vice president of the San Diego Democratic Club, former president of Dignity/San Diego, and a member of the Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board to the San Diego Chief of Police. Lewis has a decorated political and social service career, having served as chief of staff to former San Diego City Councilmember Valerie Stallings during her first term and as consultant to the Public Facility and Recreation Committee (now PS&NS). He has also served as director of HIV/AIDS Services for a federally-funded program that provides care to San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. More recently he served as governmental affairs representative for the largest city employees’ union. Lewis completed his bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and received his master’s degree in international business from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York. He currently resides in Encanto with his spouse, Mossie.

Date: 2015-02-10

J Marcus Newman Interview

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Description: Marcus began his “work” in the gay community in the early 1970’s when he would march in the Christopher Street West Pride Marches (when they were marches and not parades) with the likes of Morris Knight and Rev. Troy Perry. Would later write columns and features including his photos for several gay publications including Frontiers, Vector and NewsWest. He became coordinator of the Men’s Raps Program at the Gay Community Services Center (GCSC) and worked the hotline and in peer counseling when GCSC transitioned to the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center. After moving to San Diego Marcus became a columnist and photographer for Several LGBT publications, was Secretary of the San Diego Chapter of Gay and Lesbian Sierra Club and Communications Director for AIDS Project San Diego. He has also been actively involved in San Diego Theatre, as an actor in the first production of Diversionary Theatre, leading acting workshops for gay men as well as writing directing and producing many gay themed stage plays.

Date: 2016-01-13

Rick Wilson Interview

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Description: Rick Wilson never envisioned himself getting involved with social or political activism. He was happy to live in Hillcrest, out and free, working as a ballroom dance instructor and as a manager of a travel agency. Then in the early 90’s he found himself involved in the campaign against the planned AIDS Memorial in Balboa Park. At first it seemed an impossible task as the Gay community leadership along with the San Diego City Council had united behind the proposed memorial. Eventually Rick would find support among the community and worked with ACT-UP and Wendy Sue Biegeleisen and changed the tide of public and political opinion. Many in the community believed that the money would be better spent on AIDS related servives and that “AIDS was not done yet”. The rally cry would become “No AIDS Memorial until there is a cure”. The interview tells the story of Rick’s Journey through the process of becoming an activist and taking on the powers that be and ultimately winning the argument.

Date: 2016-04-27