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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

2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Tom Leonard (MBA 1984) talks about growing up in Wyoming, the path that led him to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in the 1980s, and his involvement in the gay community at Stanford. He reflects on the impact of the vandalization of George Segal’s Gay Liberation statue and shares memories of...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Shahei, Sohel
Frederick Phillip Lipschultz received a bachelor’s degree in physics from Stanford in 1959. In this interview, he describes his student years at Stanford in the 1950s, his education and career in physics, and the circumstances that led him from the University of Connecticut to San Francisco in the...
2020 | Project: Staff, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Hoover Institution
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
In this interview, Alice Miller, a researcher at the Hoover Institution, describes coming to terms with her transsexual identity and the process of transitioning and its impact on her family and work relationships. Making several references to her TED talk, “The Importance of Being Alice,” she...
2021 | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Reverend Adrian Ravarour shares memories of his work with LGBTQ+ youth in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood beginning in the mid-1960s. He describes growing up in the Mormon Church and experiencing discrimination as a gay high school student. He recalls moving to San Francisco in the 1960s...
2021 | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Reverend Adrian Ravarour shares memories of his work with LGBTQ+ youth in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood beginning in the mid-1960s. He describes growing up in the Mormon Church and experiencing discrimination as a gay high school student. He recalls moving to San Francisco in the 1960s...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Brian Rodriguez graduated from Stanford with a bachelor’s degree in human biology in 2006. In this interview, he describes his early life in San Diego, California, the experience of coming to terms with his sexuality as an undergraduate, and his social science research career. In particular, he...
2020 | Project: Faculty, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Graduate School of Business
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
In this interview, J.D. Schramm shares his experiences navigating his identity as a gay man and teaching at Stanford. In particular, he describes coming out to his Catholic family; living through the AIDS epidemic in San Francisco; marrying and starting a family; and being one of the few openly gay...
2020 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Karl Sowa graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1994. In this interview, he reflects on navigating his sexuality in school and in the corporate world and compares gay communities in Indiana, Houston, New York City, and West Hollywood. In particular he describes encountering the...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Chrysanthe Tan received a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford in 2009. In this interview, Tan talks about exploring her identity and her LGBTQ activism. In particular, she describes what it was like growing up with immigrant parents; joining student-led efforts opposed to Proposition 8,...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Steven Watson (1970 BA English) describes his early life, coming out to his parents, and gay life at Stanford in the late 1960s. He also talks about his life in New York, where he worked in a community mental health center and pursued a career as a writer. He concludes the interview by encouraging...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Jack Weller (2017 BA Political Science; 2023 JD Law) reflects on his experiences at Stanford. Weller speaks about growing up in the San Diego area and coming to terms with his identity as gay during the transition from high school to college. He recalls his decision to take time off from school to...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Jean Wilcox (1953 BA Psychology; 1954 MA Education) describes the climate around LGBTQ+ issues at Stanford and San Francisco from the perspective of an ally. In particular, she recalls her friendships with men who came out later in life and encounters with gay military men. Access Audio  Access...
2020 | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Graduate School of Business
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Bob Witeck consulted on the LGBTQ Executive Leadership Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and was a member of the inaugural class in 2016. In this interview, he describes his Catholic upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, in the 1960s and the process of becoming aware of his sexuality...
2021 | Project: Alumni Interviews, | Project: Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Alumni
Interviewer: Lin, Jason
Rob Woodman (MA Education 1972) shares memories of his childhood in Belmont, California, his relationship with his parents and lesbian older sister, and his experiences coming out at age thirty. He recalls the AIDS epidemic and his experiences working in AIDS education and patient services at UC...

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