The Dallas Way Oral History Collection

Span Dates: 2019
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 11 items


This collection consists of 11 oral histories arranged in two series: "Cathedral of Hope" and "Other Oral Histories." An unedited speech to text file accompanies each interview. Of interest are Sue Schrader, secretary at MCC and Cathedral of Hope from 1981 to 2019, Judith Craig, Janice Darrow, Dan Peeler, Morgan Borer, Tim Taylor, Aurora F. Soto de Law, and Roger Poindexter, Jr. Additional organizational records from The Dallas Way are also available at The Portal to Texas History.

Hist/Bio Note

The Cathedral of Hope (CoH) was founded in 1970 when 12 people gathered in a Dallas home to discuss establishing a Metropolitan Community Church congregation. The congregants gathered in private homes for the first year and a half of the church’s existence, using a coffee table as an altar. Today the church has over 4,000 members and is one of the world’s largest inclusive churches that primarily serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender population. The Dallas Way was founded in 2011 "to gather and preserve the untold and under-told stories of the Rainbow Community of Dallas, through the collection and preservation of historical archives, the capturing of video and audio recordings of personal oral histories of individuals, the collecting and publishing of the written stories of Dallas-area LGBTQ organizations and members of the LGBTQ community, and the public speaking presentations of personal stories as told by individuals from within the LGBTQ community and by the many dedicated allies of our community." (Credit: www.thedallasway.org)

Finding Aid

These oral histories can be accessed through texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/DWOH/


The collection is from the University of Northern Texas Library which donated the digital files of its LGBT Collection to the The Portal to Texas History.


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