LGBT

1:35am

Fri July 18, 2014
StoryCorps

Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:32 am

Clela Rorex (right) tells her friend Sue Larson that she doesn't regret her decision to grant the controversial marriage licenses.
StoryCorps

For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.

But few know that this is history repeating itself.

Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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12:01pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Same-Sex Marriage

Boulder County Clerk Cleared To Continue Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Supporters at the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2013. The court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, which denied federal benefits to gay couples who are legally married in their states, including Social Security survivor benefits, immigration rights and family leave.
Credit Photo Phiend / Flickr-Creative Commons

5:05pm

Wed July 9, 2014

10:51am

Wed July 2, 2014
StoryCorps

Mourning In The Closet: She Was More Than My Best Friend

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:22 pm

Patty Woods, right, speaks to Cedar Lay for StoryCorps.
StoryCorps

OutLoud, a new StoryCorps project, records and amplifies the voices of the LGBTQ community.

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.

"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.

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1:26am

Fri June 27, 2014
StoryCorps

'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 1:49 pm

Patrick Haggerty dresses in drag in 1959. As a teen, Haggerty learned from his father never to "sneak" around his identity.
Courtesy of Patrick Haggerty

StoryCorps is marking the anniversary of a pivotal moment for gay rights, the 1969 Stonewall riots. 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."

In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Patrick Haggerty, now 70, didn't know he was gay at the time, but says his father knew what direction he was headed.

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