Vassar College LGBTQ Oral History Project

The Vassar LGBTQ Oral History Project is a partnership between the LGBTQ Center, the Women’s Studies Program and the Vassar College Archives that began in the fall of 2012. The goal of the project is to capture the experiences, stories, and reflections of LGBTQ and ally alumnae/i as well as former and current LGBTQA staff members.


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Cody, Gabrielle -- Oral History
Cody, Gabrielle -- Oral History
Currently professor, Performance Studies. Studied Performance Studies in college. This interview was conducted as part of Spring 2013 Women's Studies Class (WMST 219), "Queering the Archives."
Cordes, Drew -- oral history, July 26, 2013
Cordes, Drew -- oral history, July 26, 2013
Drew Cordes is a transgenderqueer who graduated from Vassar with a degree in English in 2004. Drew was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Drew moved to Saratoga Springs as a baby, moved to Rochester, New York, and finally moved to Glens Falls, New York at 6 years old. Drew formed a grassroots group called Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region, is one of the leaders of human rights group Transgender Advocates of the Capital Region, and has been a Bilerico Project contributor (http://www.bilerico.com/) since October 2010.
Fawley, Christine Maxwell -- Oral History
Fawley, Christine Maxwell -- Oral History
Field of study: sociology; current occupation: sex educator. Founder, PleasureMechanics.com; founder, Squirm Magazine, Vassar College (1999). This interview was conducted as part of Spring 2013 Women's Studies Class (WMST 219), "Queering the Archives."
Field, C. -- oral history, June 30, 2015
Field, C. -- oral history, June 30, 2015
Field of study: neuroscience and behavior. Current occupation: Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development. Born and raised on Long Island; lived in San Francisco briefly after Vassar; moved to Brooklyn. Keywords: LGBTQ;oral history; queer; Long Island; San Francisco; Colgate University, punk music; sailing; EMS; Choice; AIDS activism; Squirm; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; neuroscience; queer prom; visibility; activism; parks; community; marriage.
Giusti, Eugenio -- oral history
Giusti, Eugenio -- oral history
Associate professor of Italian; author of The Renaissance Courtesan in Words, Letters, and Images: Social Amphibology and Moral Framing (a Diachronic Perspective).
Greene, Brandon -- oral history, March 21, 2014
Greene, Brandon -- oral history, March 21, 2014
Born in Albany, New York; moved to North Carolina at 8 years old; move back to Albany at 11 years old; moved to Kennesaw, Georgia at 14 years old; graduated from Vassar in 2013; went back to Albany after graduation. Current occupation: Artist.
Harriford, Diane -- oral history, July 19, 2013
Harriford, Diane -- oral history, July 19, 2013
Harriford is currently Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Vassar College. Harriford grew up in Sioux City Iowa, went to Oberlin and then SUNY Stony Brook, and came to Vassar in 1988. Professor Harriford teaches courses in sex and gender, Black intellectual history, and Black feminism. Please note: two audio files in this interview were left blank for sound quality purposes and have been placed sequentially after the last audio file that contains sound content.
Jones, Daniel A. -- Oral History
Jones, Daniel A. -- Oral History
Field of study: Africana Studies; current occupation: artist, playwright, director, educator. This interview was conducted as part of Spring 2013 Women's Studies Class (WMST 219), "Queering the Archives."
May, Deborah -- oral history, July 9, 2015
May, Deborah -- oral history, July 9, 2015
Field of study: Women's Studies. Current occupation: Retired. Born in Hudson Valley; Graduate School at UMass Amherst; Moved to the Bronx; Moved back to Hudson Valley
Moore, Kiana -- oral history, July 16, 2013
Moore, Kiana -- oral history, July 16, 2013
Kiana Moore grew up in Manhattan, New York, and was the first person to self-identify as 'transexual' at Vassar, from which she graduated in 2002 with a degree in Psychology. She is now a transgender rights activist living in Los Angeles where she is a producer on television shows. In 2001, she spoke to the Department of Agriculture concerning their practice of overlooking Male-to-Female (MTF) needs and misrepresentation. She also assisted HIPS (helping individual prostitutes survive) with their MTF outreach program, providing clean needles and condoms to those on the street. She now volunteers her time to GLAAD, and helps with transgender representation.
Orlick, Howard -- oral history, June 26, 2015
Orlick, Howard -- oral history, June 26, 2015
Current occupation: Activist.
Pittman, Edward -- oral history, July 2, 2015
Pittman, Edward -- oral history, July 2, 2015
Field of study: sociology. Current occupation: Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life, Vassar College. Born in North Carolina; moved to Poughkeepsie in mid-1960s. Keywords: LGBTQ, oral history, Vassar, ally, race, Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, education, higher education, class, athletics, community, activism, student activism, social work, sociology, administration, Campus Life and Diversity, ALANA Center, Intercultural Center, Main Take Over, social justice, All College Day, Westboro Baptist Church.

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