THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project

  1. THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project (OHP) is videotaping testimonies from the LGBTQ community. We are documenting integral participants or witnesses to historic events and movements, including our supportive allies. These interviews are being produced at the highest standards possible utilizing the USC Shoah Foundation's video history guidelines (founded by Steven Spielberg).

    The California FAIR Education Act, due to take effect in 2015, will require public schools to implement curricula that teach the contributions of LGBTQ people throughout history. The OHP is directly addressing this need by documenting valuable testimonies. These video interviews will help empower LGBTQ youth, as well as help reduce bullying, depression, and suicides.

    The OHP is being researched and produced by an experienced and professional team. Andy Sacher, Founding Executive Director, has worked for leaders in the entertainment industry including Disney, Steven Spielberg, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Andy is partnering with community activists, LGBTQ historians, and Evolution Media to interview the people that helped shape the freedoms some of us enjoy today.

    Digital testimonies will be utilized for educational programs and interactive exhibits. They will also be available to documentary filmmakers with the goal of reaching the broadest audience possible. Donations will help inform future generations, as well as celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ people to society. They will also provide hands-on experience to young filmmakers interested in LGBTQ history.

    Help capture the stories of a generation of pioneers before they vanish!

    DONATE NOW AT: thelavendereffect.org/donate

    With Gratitude,

    Andy Sacher, Founding Executive Director and the OHP Team.

    THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit project of Community Partners “Advancing the Future of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History & Culture!” We see an urgent need to demystify the existence of LGBTQ people, focus awareness on our contributions to society and our place in history, and provide positive role models for LGBTQ youth. Go to thelavendereffect.org for more information about our mission and projects.

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  2. A trailblazing politician, SHEILA KUEHL, has served Los Angeles well and paid particular attention to vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community. She was the first openly gay politician to serve on the California State legislature, where she served out all possible terms. Currently running for LA County Supervisor, she has opened Kuehl Consulting, served as the Founding Director of Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and authored “Safe At School,” a policy white paper addressing the need for safe schools for LGBT students. Among many other causes, Kuehl has fought for over 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation that has established paid family leave, established the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhauled California’s child support services system, established nurse to patient ratios in every hospital, required that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water, furthered protection for domestic violence victims and their children, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education, and increased the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water.

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  3. A trailblazing politician, SHEILA KUEHL, has served Los Angeles well and paid particular attention to vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ community. She was the first openly gay politician to serve on the California State legislature, where she served out all possible terms. Currently running for LA County Supervisor, she has opened Kuehl Consulting, served as the Founding Director of Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and authored “Safe At School,” a policy white paper addressing the need for safe schools for LGBT students. Among many other causes, Kuehl has fought for over 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation that has established paid family leave, established the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, overhauled California’s child support services system, established nurse to patient ratios in every hospital, required that housing developments of more than 500 units have identified sources of water, furthered protection for domestic violence victims and their children, prohibited discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education, and increased the rights of crime victims; safeguard the environment and drinking water.

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  4. TROY PERRY is the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, a church known for celebrating and accepting the LGBTQ community. His personal story of coming out, to himself, his family and his church is touching and inspiring. After being told to resign as a preacher in a local church in Illinois, Perry thought his relationship with God was over. It wasn’t until after a suicide attempt that he had an epiphany; God wanted him to create a church for the queer community, and in1968 he did just that. Since then, MCC has grown significantly, reaching multiple cities internationally. He has preformed same sex unions as early as 1970 and ordained women as pastors since 1972. He has also been active in advocacy work, opposing the Briggs Initiative and Anita Bryant in the Save the Children Campaign in the ‘70s. He planned the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979 with Robin Tyler and has even been invited to speak at the White House multiple times.

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  5. REV. TROY PERRY is the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, a church known for celebrating and accepting the LGBTQ community. His personal story of coming out, to himself, his family and his church is touching and inspiring. After being told to resign as a preacher in a local church in Illinois, Perry thought his relationship with God was over. It wasn’t until after a suicide attempt that he had an epiphany; God wanted him to create a church for the queer community, and in1968 he did just that. Since then, MCC has grown significantly, reaching multiple cities internationally. He has preformed same sex unions as early as 1970 and ordained women as pastors since 1972. He has also been active in advocacy work, opposing the Briggs Initiative and Anita Bryant in the Save the Children Campaign in the ‘70s. He planned the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979 with Robin Tyler and has even been invited to speak at the White House multiple times.

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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project

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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project (OHP) captures video testimonies from members of the LGBTQ community and supportive allies who were integral participants or witnesses to a historic event or movement. These recordings will be produced at the…


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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® Oral History Project (OHP) captures video testimonies from members of the LGBTQ community and supportive allies who were integral participants or witnesses to a historic event or movement. These recordings will be produced at the highest standards possible (Shoah Foundation‘s guidelines). You can learn more and support this important project at thelavendereffect.org

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