No Rain Date, Ep. 58: Preserving Lehigh Valley’s LGBTQ History

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No Rain Date, Ep. 58: Preserving Lehigh Valley's LGBTQ History

Welcome to Episode 58 of No Rain Date, your weekly local news podcast featuring exclusive interviews with people making a difference in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

On this episode we’re happy to welcome Archivist Kristen Leipert and Pride Programs Manager Ariel Torres of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center to discuss the Stonewall Memories Project. The Stonewall Memories Project is an effort that is currently under way to preserve nearly 50 years of memories and memorabilia associated with the Stonewall, a landmark gay bar and nightclub in Allentown that closed in May. More than a gathering place for Lehigh Valley residents, the Stonewall was a haven during an era when many members of the local LGBTQ community were marginalized and faced both real and perceived discrimination. Kristen and Ariel–who performed at the Stonewall as Elektra Fearce St. James–share some of the stories they are hearing as they work to preserve the memories of club-goers and performers, both for future generations and as part of a planned exhibit. Note: In the interim between our recording of this interview and its upload it was announced that an Allentown nightclub owner has purchased the Stonewall and plans to revive it as an LGBTQ venue. As always, Josh has a roundup of all the latest local news stories.

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