StoryCorps http://www.kunc.org en Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 http://www.kunc.org/post/colo-clerk-recalls-issuing-same-sex-marriage-licenses-1975 For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by <a href="http://www.cpr.org/news/story/denver-pueblo-clerks-follow-boulder-issuing-marriage-licenses-gay-couples">issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples</a>.<p>The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.<p>But few know that this is history repeating itself.<p>Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.<p>On a visit to StoryCorps, Rorex tells her friend Sue Larso Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:35:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58913 at http://www.kunc.org Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975 For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake http://www.kunc.org/post/two-sisters-family-bond-tightens-bullets-wake Kai Leigh Harriott, 14, is paralyzed from the chest down, the result of a stray bullet that hit her when she was 3. She was sitting outside on her porch in Boston with her older sister, Aja David, who was baby-sitting her at the time.<p>It was around the Fourth of July, when the sound of fireworks is common. "All of a sudden that was the sound, although it was different. It was a gunshot," says Aja, now 25, on a visit to StoryCorps. "Someone was shooting. Not at us, but in our direction. I just was thinking about my little sister."<p>She grabbed Kai and laid her down inside. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:32:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58761 at http://www.kunc.org For Two Sisters, A Family Bond Tightens In Bullet's Wake Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy http://www.kunc.org/post/passing-torch-firefighter-dads-legacy When Dekalb Walcott III was just 8 years old, his father, a Chicago fire chief, let him tag along on a call.<p>Dekalb says a lot of kids idolized basketball player Michael Jordan when he was growing up in Chicago in the 1990s. Not him.<p>"I wanted to be like Dekalb Walcott Jr.," he says of his father.<p>So when his dad asked if he wanted to go on that call with him when he was 8, Dekalb was ecstatic. "I'm jumping up and down, saying, "Mom, can I go? Can I go?' "<p>The excursion changed Dekalb's life, he tells his dad on a visit to StoryCorps. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:36:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58563 at http://www.kunc.org Passing The Torch: A Firefighter Dad's Legacy Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend http://www.kunc.org/post/mourning-closet-she-was-more-my-best-friend <em>OutLoud, a new StoryCorps project, records and amplifies the voices of the LGBTQ community.</em><p>Now 70, Patty Woods looks back to the late 1970s, when she met a woman who would become her partner — and leave a long-lasting mark on her life, despite the fact they were not able to be open about their relationship.<p>"I was working in a restaurant and she would come in every day for lunch. I was like, 'Oh my God, I want to know her,' " Woods tells her friend, 22-year-old Cedar Lay.<p>"And I just insisted on finding ways to get together with her. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:51:00 +0000 58494 at http://www.kunc.org Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend 'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s http://www.kunc.org/post/dont-sneak-dads-unexpected-advice-his-gay-son-50s <em>StoryCorps is marking the anniversary of a pivotal moment for gay rights, the 1969 <a href="http://soundportraits.org/on-air/remembering_stonewall/">Stonewall riots</a>. Forty-five years ago, on June 28, gay protesters clashed with police in New York. Now, StoryCorps is launching an initiative to preserve the stories of LGBT people called "OutLoud."</em><p>In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 NPR Staff 58279 at http://www.kunc.org 'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s