Activism

In this section, narrators discuss their lives as activists. Sometimes their advocacy took place in daily life; at other times they were involved in large-scale political activism. Descriptions of Spokane’s early Pride celebrations as well  as participants’ recollections of LGBT marches on Washington, D. C. are also found here.

Bonnie Aspen                   “In my day there were no lesbians.”
Marge Ballack                   “If we don’t do it, by gosh, who will?”
Helen Bonser                    “Oh, and my house got egged.”

Ted Clark                             “They wouldn’t print the word ‘lesbian.’”
David Cornelius               “You just stood out so much.”
Dan Coulston                    “It’s just what I did.”
Marianne Dawson           “I just wasn’t afraid.”

Gordon Fleming               “You could hear a pin drop.”
Kevan Gardner                 “Bring your fire.”
Maria H.-Peck                   “It was a very, very strong PFLAG.”

Diane Lantz                       “That was the best experience.”
Christopher Lawrence   “I got angry.”
Dean Lynch                         “Being an activist is a part of one’s personality.”

Lenard Mace                     “It was the longest hour and a half of my life.”
Craig Peterson                 “You have a snowball’s chance in hell.”
Marvo Reguindin            “Isn’t it time we had a gay district here?”

Deena Romoff                  “There is nowhere to hide.”
Larry Stone                        “I’d like to do a fundraiser in Spokane.”
Paul Tiesse                        “You have to have people with different ideas.”

Katie Urbanek                 “I loved every minute of it”
Peter Williams                 “It just takes so much energy.”
Willow Williams               “Our Pride is very family oriented.”

Kim Winchester               “Harvey Milk gave hope to people.”
Ann Wood                          “I have frantic people on the phone.”
Charles Wood                  “The phone rang.”