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Stanford Pride Oral History Project

The purpose of the Stanford Pride Oral History Project is to preserve narratives of the Stanford LGBTQ+ community for teaching, learning, and research, to strengthen ties with Stanford alumni, and to engage alumni in documenting the community’s history.

The project was begun in 2015 by Stanford Pride and revived in the summer of 2018 with generous funding from the Haas Center. It is part of the University Archives’ ongoing initiative to diversify the archives by acquiring, processing, and digitizing materials documenting Stanford women, the LGBTQ+ community, and communities of color. Support for this and other Stanford Community History Toolkit projects was provided by the Stanford Associates, the Stanford Historical Society, and the Stanford University Archives.

For more materials from the archive, visit the Queer @ Stanford spotlight exhibit.

Oral Histories

2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
In this joint interview with his spouse Ken Ahonen-Jover, Juan Ahonen-Jover (PhD Electrical Engineering, 1985; MS, Engineering Management, 1984) describes growing up in Barcelona, Spain, and shares memories of the LGBTQ community at Stanford in the 1980s, including gatherings at the firehouse and...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
In this oral history, an anonymous Stanford student, who graduated in 2017, shares recollections about navigating their identity as bisexual and Asian American at Stanford. The student speaks about growing up with divorced parents and their decision to not come out to their family. They discuss...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Daniel Bao graduated from Stanford with a BA in International Relations in 1988 and an MA in Latin American Studies in 1990. In this oral history interview, he shares memories of the gay community at Stanford in the 1980s and describes his student activism around GLBT issues, including his work...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Juan Carlos Barajas (1999 BA Psychology) talks about growing up in Klamath Falls, Oregon; gay student life at Stanford in the late 1990s; and his career as an advocate for LGBTQ issues. He describes social life on campus and his involvement with Stanford’s LGBTQ community center (now called Queer...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Claude R. Baudoin graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in computer science in 1974. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up in France and exploring his identity as a gay man. Remembering his time at Stanford from 1973 to 1974, he mentions early attempts to support LGBT...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Bear Capron is a member of the class of 1972 at Stanford, where he studied drama and humanities. Capron begins this interview by talking about his upbringing, including growing up in Palo Alto as the son of a Stanford professor and moving to Maryland. He describes an early awareness of his...
2020 | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
In her interview, Tamara Ching describes her experiences living alongside and advocating for members of the LGBT community in San Francisco. She begins by describing her upbringing in San Francisco and the abuse, neglect, and racism she encountered during her early school years. She recounts some...
2021 | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Jason Lin
Gay rights activist Arthur Corbin was a student at Stanford University in the early 1970s. In this interview, he describes his difficult early life in rural California, including incidents of bullying and abuse; his move to San Francisco in high school; and his efforts to come to terms with his...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Thomas Patrick Cordova received his undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Stanford in 2009. He later received his JD from NYU School of Law. In this interview, Cordova speaks about his experiences growing up in different parts of the United States and coming out to his parents,...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Jason Lin
Joe DiPasquale received his master’s in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006. In this interview, he talks about exploring his gender identity and advocating for LGBTQ issues in business. In particular, he describes attending Harvard for his undergraduate...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Alan C. Douglas received his undergraduate degree in history from Stanford in 1963 and his law degree from Stanford Law School in 1966. In this interview, Douglas reflects on his experiences as a student before he became aware that he was gay, the complexities presented by the Vietnam War, and the...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Zoe Dunning graduated with a master’s in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1993. In this interview, she describes her upbringing in the Midwest, her experiences as a student at the United States Naval Academy and the Graduate School of Business, and advocating...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Eric Elkin graduated from Stanford with a BA degree in Human Biology in 1988. In this interview, he shares what it was like navigating his gay identity at Stanford and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He begins by describing his upbringing in a Jewish family in Los Angeles. He recalls news coverage...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
James C. Farah graduated from Stanford with a degree in economics in 1968. In this oral history interview, he discusses his upbringing in El Paso, Texas, and describes struggling to come to terms with his sexuality both at Stanford and later when he was married and raising a family. He describes...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Cathy Gildea received a master’s in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994. In this interview, she describes her experiences as an undergraduate at Mills College, including being a member of the crew team and a leader of the Lesbian Alliance, and as an MBA...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Thomas Henning received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford in 1989. In this interview, he shares memories of gay life at Stanford in the 1980s, including participating in activities of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Stanford (GLAS) at the Fire House and in the Speakers...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Jim Kolbe (1967 MBA Graduate School of Business) speaks about his life and his time in Washington, DC, as a gay congressman and member of the Republican Party. Kolbe describes growing up on a ranch in Arizona, serving as a US Senate Page, and his naval tour of duty in Vietnam. He recalls coming to...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
An interview with Braden Lake (2010 BS) for the Stanford Pride Oral History Project.  Access Audio  Access Transcript

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