Recent Submissions

  • Oral History of Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent 

    St. Laurent, Icon Enrique Allure (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-08)
    Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent is a black, gay man born and raised in Baltimore. He discusses how his relationship with his mother, an Icon in the House of Ebony, enabled him to embrace his gay identity and his current ...
  • Oral History of Icon Monique West 

    West, Icon Monique; Carter, Monique (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-02-13)
    Icon Monique West explains what it’s like to be a parental figure and leader in the ballroom community. She talks about the challenges of being a trans woman in ballroom and about finding a sense of family and belonging ...
  • Oral History of Sandy Dior'e 

    Dior'e, Sandy (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-01-29)
    Sandy Dior’e talks about coming into the ballroom scene and walking fem queen realness as a teenager in Brooklyn, the ways in which ballroom affirmed and celebrated her identity as a woman, and how the scene helps people ...
  • Oral History of Jamie Grace Alexander 

    Alexander, Jamie Grace (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-29)
    Jamie Grace Alexander is a Baltimore-based activist whose work spans the art world, museums, cultural institutions, direct action, queer archives, and community spaces. In this interview, she shares her thoughts about queer ...
  • Oral History of Keyanna Monae Devoreaux -Vorhees 

    Devoreaux-Vorhees, Keyanna Monae (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-04)
    Keyanna Monae Devoreaux -Vorhees is a trans activist and advocate in Baltimore and the surrounding DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area. In this interview, Keyanna speaks about her experiences with foster care, sex work, and ...
  • Oral History of Tyler Vile 

    Vile, Tyler (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-06)
    Tyler Vile is a Baltimore-based activist and organizer. In this oral history, Vile shares her personal history living in Baltimore and how it awakened her sense of social and political justice. She talks about how she ...
  • Oral History of Lilian Amaya 

    Amaya, Lilian (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-08)
    Lilian Elizabeth Amaya is a first-generation American who identifies as a lesbian and currently lives in Baltimore City. Lilian is the Coordinator of Community Health and Outreach for Healthcare for the Homeless, an ...
  • Oral History of Legacy Forté 

    Forté, Legacy (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-14)
    Legacy Forté is a black queer native Baltimorean and the founder of Youth Against Oppression, the organizer of the first youth pride in Baltimore, and the founder of BMORE BLXCK. In this interview, they detail the various ...
  • Oral History of Danielle Kepeden 

    Kependen, Danielle (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-04)
    Danielle Kepeden de Fotsing is a queer community organizer from Cameroon and a member of the Queer Crisis Response Unit. She speaks about her experience finding community in African and queer spaces in the United States, ...
  • Oral History of Bryanna Jenkins 

    Jenkins, Bryanna A. (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-12)
    Bryanna A. Jenkins discusses her rich experience as an activist and a lawyer working for trans rights in Baltimore. She centers her story around the 2015 Baltimore Uprising, discussing the uprising themselves and their ...
  • Oral History of Taylor Cormon Foster 

    Cormon Foster, Taylor (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-10)
    Taylor Cormon Foster is a black, genderqueer and non-binary Baltimore native. In this interview, Taylor shares stories about meaningful relationships, spaces, and organizations in Baltimore that have empowered them to live ...
  • Oral History of Cheryl Parham 

    Parham, Cheryl (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-09)
    Cheryl Parham is a lesbian and Baltimore native who served as the president for the Baltimore Gay Community Center in the 1980s. Cheryl speaks about her experiences growing up gay in Baltimore, serving in the military, her ...
  • Oral History of Andre Powell 

    Powell, Andre (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-14)
    Born in Baltimore County, Andre Powell is a long-time Baltimore activist. In this interview, he shares the ways in which he found community as a black gay youth in the 70s and 80s, his struggles establishing the first gay ...
  • Oral History of David Donnell Marshall 

    Marshall, David Donnell (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-03)
    David Marshall is a native Baltimorean, a trained opera singer, a father, and the founder of Journey to Josiah, an organization that helps parents navigate adoption. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up ...
  • Oral History of Paula Neira 

    Neira, Paula (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-04)
    Dr. Paula M. Neira discusses her experience in the navy and her work as a nurse and lawyer. After graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, Paula was a regular and reserve surface warfare ...
  • Oral History of Jamie Washington 

    Washington, Jamie (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-11)
    Dr. Jamie Washington talks about being born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, spending his formative years in South Carolina, and developing a love for music at a young age. He discusses his struggle, as a ...
  • Oral History of Lisa Jones 

    Jones, Lisa (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-03)
    Lisa Jones, aka Freedom Jones, is a queer, black, and nonbinary activist, artist, and community leader living in the Baltimore area. In this interview, Freedom talks about their introduction to reform and activism, their ...
  • Oral History of Louis Hughes 

    Hughes, Louis (2022-03-06)
    Louis Hughes Jr. talks about growing up in the post-World War Two era, witnessing the racial integration of his school district, and participating in both the civil rights movement and gay rights movement in Baltimore. ...
  • Oral History of Legendary Father James Icon 

    Legendary Father, James Icon (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-05-09)
    Legendary Father James Icon talks about growing up and coming out in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. He describes the gay community and ballroom scene that was centered in Greenwich Village and describes the first ...
  • Oral History of Legendary Mother Marco Blahnik AKA Marco West 

    West, Marco (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-01-24)
    Legendary Mother Marco Blahnik talks about growing up in Cherry Hill and South Baltimore in an accepting, interfaith family. He explains how ballroom gave him an opportunity to pursue costume design and travel the country. ...

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