40 Years of Public Health Experiences in the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community: COVID-19

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40 Years of Public Health Experiences in the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community: COVID-19


In the spring of 2020, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center and the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive received a grant to collect oral histories and written stories for 40 Years of Public Health in the Lehigh Valley’s LGBT Community: Collecting and Curating Local LGBT Health Experiences from HIV/AIDS to COVID-19.

The collection consists of oral histories from individuals who experienced the worst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as oral histories from members of the local community as they lived through 2020's summer of Covid-19. Running through both are the themes of dealing with the fear of an emerging health crisis, loneliness and isolation, and coming together as a community in support and activism.

The project was sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Collection Items

Ricardo Almodovar, July 20, 2020
In this interview, Almodovar and Bradbury talk about how people's lives have been impacted under the pandemic, and how LGBTQ+ people fit in a pandemic. They talk about the problems in Allentown and Lancaster while even mentioning their own families.…

Chloe Coles-Wilson, July 14, 2020
Chloe Coles-Wilson describes how the LGBTQIA+ youth coped with COVID-19, by talking about her experiences with activism. She talks about her experience working for Project SILK in the Lehigh Valley, and how her experience there has shaped her. She…

Marianne Cutler, July 30, 2020
Marianne Cutler talks about her experiences teaching during the Pandemic, and talks about how there is more LGBTQ+ representation in modern media as well. She also goes on to talk about how the 2020 Presidential Election would shape the future of…

Gabby Hochfeld, July 29, 2020
Gabby Hochfeld discusses her life experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic including the ways in which it has effected her mental health, work life, and social interactions.

Lizabeth Kleintop, July 21, 2020
Lizabeth Kleintop talks about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting her as a professor at a local college, how teaching online is progressing and what Moravian College may do in the next few semesters. She also talks about her experience as…

Stephen Libby & Gary Gaugler, Jr., July 29, 2020
Steve and Gary talk about how the COVID-19 virus is affecting them. They talk about each working from home and how it affects themselves and each other. They talk about what it’s like at their jobs, and how possible exposure to infection has caused…

Miles Molerio, July 27, 2020
Miles Molerio talks about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting him. He talks about leaving college early, having to stay with a friend’s family for 5 months, how the virus is affecting him and other members of the Transgender community, and…

Anita Niles-Lee, July 13, 2020
Anita discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting her and her family; how her family has experienced racism and the rise of racism during the pandemic; keeping in touch with her family; the Black Lives Matter movement; stepping down from PFLAG;…

Robin Casey, July 21, 2020
Robin Casey talks about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting her as a faculty member at a local college. She talks about her concerns regarding the opening of the college during the pandemic, the LGBT students who need support, and the…

Cynthia Rodriguez, July 20, 2020 (Part 1)
Cynthia Rodriguez talks about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting her, her friends and family, her experience as a full time student and her work as an artist and musician. She also talks about prayer and meditation and civil rights…
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