My experience with the Lambda Archives has taught me more than I thought possible. Before I began my internship I was aware of the LGBT community and had a few friends that belonged to it but was severely undereducated about the richness of the culture and the standing in the community. Being aware and knowing are two completely different things. As an intern I learned about the rich and long history of the LGBT community in San Diego and about many of the community heroes who have paved the way for the younger generation.