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Bao, Daniel

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Alumni Interviews
Stanford Pride Oral History Project
Lin, Jason
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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 with the Stanford AIDS Education Project and his advocacy for policy changes at the Cowell Student Health Center and the Career Planning and Placement Center. Bao shares his frustration with the actions of Stanford administrators on GLBT issues, including his conflicted attitude about working with administrators whom he suspected were closeted. He fondly recalls his work at the Bridge Peer Counseling Center and how Estelle Freedman’s course on the History of Sexuality led him to sustained involvement with the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco. Throughout the interview, Bao reflects on how growing up as a member of the minority Chinese population in Argentina influenced him to take a stand for unpopular causes.

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