An ongoing collection of contemporary interviews related to LGBTQ culture and history.


Hot Wire Journal Panel

Hot Wire: The Journal of Women’s Music and Culture was first published in 1984. Hot Wire covered all aspects of lesbian feminist women’s entertainment and especially highlighted these spaces in Chicago. The journal grew out of an organization called Not Just a Stage which was formed by Toni Armstrong Jr. who had been publishing an annual directory of women’s music resources since 1977. Eventually, Toni and three other partners, Ann Morris, Etas Michele Carria, and Yvonne Zipter joined to form Not Just a Stage which published Hot Wire. The primary goals of Not Just a Stage were to be a catalyst to develop and maintain a network of creators of women’s culture. Throughout its 10 years of existence, Hot Wire published 30 issues, with its final issue printed in September 1994.

On the panel are Toni Armstrong Jr. one of the founders of Hot Wire, and Bonnie Morris, PhD, women’s history lecturer at UC-Berkeley, and and Jorjet Harper, journalist and author. The interview was recorded May 27, 2020.


10% Show Panel

The 10% Show was a cable access Chicago-based LGBTQ monthly newsmagazine which ran 21 episodes between 1989 and 1991. The show covered the wide diversity of LGTBQ life in Chicago, including politics, entertainment and community organizations. Jack Ryan (Executive Director), Sarah Seigel (Co-host and segment producer) and Tom Rowan (segment producer and production crew) are interviewed by Lauren Herold (PhD candidate at Northwestern whose research is focused on LGBTQ cable access shows). Recorded May 13, 2020.


Mountain Moving Coffeehouse Panel

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children was founded in 1975 by a group of lesbian activists and regularly held concerts that attracted large crowds as well as readings of lesbian writings and panel discussions. The Coffeehouse closed in 2005, and it served as a critical gathering space for women in Chicago for over 30 years. Collective members Kathy Munzer and Jean Durkin, and poet Yvonne Zipter (who performed at the Coffeehouse) held a discussion about the importance of Mountain Moving Coffeehouse and and its role as a vital part of Chicago’s lesbian history. Recorded May 9, 2020


LGBTQ Cable Public Access Shows Discussion

Lauren Herold, PhD candidate at Northwestern University whose work is focused on LGBTQ cable public access shows and Gerber/Hart director Wil Brant held a discussion on the role LGBTQ cable access shows from their beginning in the 1970s. The interview occurred on April 30, 2020.


Owen Keehnen and Saltine Interview

Historian Owen Keehnen and drag performer Saltine will interview each other about Chicago LGBTQ history, drag, and their current projects. Owen Keehnen is a grassroots gay historian and author. His most recent book, Dugan’s Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady, highlights Chicago’s downtown glitter disco scene. Owen has contributed to several other books on Chicago LGBTQ history. Saltine lives in Provincetown but performed for several years throughout Chicago and has various podcasts.


Invisible Histories Project Interview

Invisible Histories Project is designed to be a repository for the preservation of the history of LGBTQ life first in the state of Alabama and then the entire Southeast (invisiblehistory.org). People from Invisible Histories Project had a conversation with people from Gerber/Hart to discuss as part of their series of informal talks with folks around the country working in LGBTQ history, archiving, and community organizing.