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About

Through a Rainbow Lens documents the City of Lynn’s LGBTQ+ history through oral histories, photographs, newspapers, and memorabilia.  It features the diverse lives, experiences, and perspectives of the city’s residents who had significant impact on Lynn’s LGBTQ+ past.  The project is organized by United Lynn Pride and funded by the Mass Humanities “Expanding Massachusetts Stories” grant program.   The interviews and documents uncover hidden stories of identity, self-discovery, trauma community, and liberation. Through a Rainbow Lens advances United Lynn Pride's mission of uniting, empowering, and educating the LGBTQ+ community.

Project Team

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Jim Moser
He/Him
Project Director

Jim Moser has lived in Lynn, MA for 23 years and loves the city more each time he meets another neighbor. In addition to serving on the Board of United Lynn Pride Inc, Jim is an active volunteer with his church, St. Stephen’s Memorial Episcopal and the community organization the New Lynn Coalition. Born in the conservative Pennsylvania Dutch country, Jim first came out when he attended Haverford College. He later moved north to Massachusetts to attend M.I.T., where he holds a Masters in Perception and Brain Science and studied tactile speech perception. Jim then joined a startup working on speech recognition and, once the product was launched, worked on applications with early customers. He continued in this line of work and has served for several software companies as a User Interface Architect. Jim and his partner of 24 years, Bill Mulcahy, a LifeLong Lynner, own a hilltop home overlooking Flax Pond. They call it “Deer Hill” after discovering the historic title found on a 19th century map. Now retired, Jim enjoys his free time devoted to his passion, the Deer Hill Gardens. Deer Hill Gardens is full of hundreds of varieties of Daylilies, Daffodils, and Hostas that Jim has hand-planted and tended to for years. Some favorite hobbies of Jim’s include sailing, listening to Jazz, reading, shopping for plants, wine & dining, photography, and videography. Jim looks forward to continue serving the Lynn community.

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Patricia A. Gozemba

She/Her
Advisor

Many of her works aimed to recover the history of the LGBT community in and around Boston. Involved in the fight for the legalization of same-sex marriages, she campaigned in Massachusetts, Vermont, and Hawaii. She was the co-author of Courting Equality, a history of Massachusetts' path to legalizing same-sex marriage and several works aimed at documenting lesbian history of women before the feminist movement. Since her retirement, she has been active in environmental causes and is the current co-chair of the Salem Alliance for the Environment (SAFE).

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Andrew Darien, Ph.D
He/Him
Humanities Advisor

Andrew Darien comes to the project with more than two decades of experience as an oral historian and Professor of modern United States history. Telling stories from marginalized communities has been at the center of his work, beginning with his research on the integration of African Americans, Latinos, and women into the New York City Police Department, which culminated in Becoming New York’s Finest, published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2013. Since 2007, Darien has served as the project Director for Student, Citizen, and Soldier, which has recorded and shared dozens of interviews with college veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was also the project director for the Temple Sinai History Project on behalf of the synagogue’s seventy-fifth anniversary and the publication of Building the Sacred and the Progressive (2014). Additional oral history projects include The Towne Family Association and the Salem Witch Trials (2017), World Historians Speak Out: Perspectives, Projections, and Pedagogy (2010), and The House of 7 Gables Settlement Home: Polish Community and Immigration.

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Cristian Recinos
They/He/She
Site Design/Event Planning

Cristian Recinos is the Executive Director of United Lynn Pride. They are the chair of the Lynn Cultural Council and a member of the Lynn Human Rights Commission, Lynn Public Arts Commission, Diverse People United, and Lynn United for Change.

Sponsor

This project is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities, with funding from the Barr Foundation.

... Mass Humanities, a non-profit foundation based in Northampton, creates opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable commonwealth through the humanities. Since its founding in 1974, the organization has provided millions of dollars in support of thousands of humanities projects across the Commonwealth. Established as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. Based in Boston, the Barr Foundation focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, to advance solutions for climate change, and to connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr now has assets of $1.7 billion, and has contributed more than $838 million to charitable causes.

Partners

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Lynn Museum

... In the heart of Lynn’s Arts & Cultural District, the Lynn Museum was founded in 1897 to collect, preserve and illuminate the city’s remarkable history. The museum has evolved into a vibrant cultural center, expanding its footprint to include the LynnArts building at 25 Exchange Street. The Lynn Museum/LynnArts offers changing exhibitions and innovative youth and adults programs, which engage and enrich Lynn’s diverse community. The Lynn Museum encourages active participation in exploring the city’s past while shaping a vision for its future.

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The History Project

... The History Project is Boston's LGBTQ+ community archives. The History Project is focused exclusively on documenting and preserving the history of New England’s LGBTQ communities and sharing that history with LGBTQ individuals, organizations, allies, and the public. The History Project is a community archives - a repository, historical society, and museum for the LGBTQ+ community's history. THP is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1980 that holds LGBTQ+ historical records and ephemera, supports LGBTQ+ history research, and shares LGBTQ+ history through public exhibits and events.

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Salem State University

... Known as the Commonwealth’s civic engagement university, Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate above the national average, earning it a Silver Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. In 2020, Salem State received Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The university is designated a Best for Vets College by Military Times.

Contact

For General Inquiries and additional questions about the project please send us an email at: ThroughARainbowLens@UnitedLynnPride.com

Additional Resources

1976 - A Gay Person's Guide to New England, 1976

1977 - North Shore Gays are Beginning to Come Out

1980s - Interview with Dolly Stanopaulos, Patron of Fran's Place

1987 - Interview with Ann McGuire, Bar Owner

1987 - Interview with Joanne Patrizzi MacDonald, Bar Owner

1992 - In and around the Lighthouse: Working-Class Lesbian Bar Culture in the 1950s and 1960s

2012 - Queer Renaissance in Lynn, Massachusetts? Yep.

2013 - LGBT community flourishes in Lynn

2015 - Be You Facebook Page

2016 - Longstanding LGBT Club, Fran’s Place, Is Closing This Month

Thanks

Alex Brown
All the narrators
All the photo contributors
All who fought for equal rights
All who volunteered to be interviewed
Andrew Elder
Barry Calvani?
Bill Gendron
Billy Mulcahy Moser
Boston Public Library
Charlie Gallo
Charlotte McDonald
Connie Moser
David Conner
David Connor
Doneeca Thurston
Dr. Stephanie Yuhl
Ellie Tamplin
Jackson Davidow
James Lamana
Janet Kahn
Jennifer Almonte
Jim Lamana
Joan Ilaqua
Katherine Stevens
Kevin Glick
librarian union
Lillian Faderman
Lynn Public Library
Marilyn Humphries
Mary Goukas
Mass Humanities
Over the Rainbow Social Club
Pat Gozemba
Pat Kelly lib union
Paul Zipper Jr
Public health dept helper
Roberta Seymour
Sam Valentine
Seth Albaum
State epidemiologist
Steve the Greek
The National AIDS Memorial
Theresa Hurley
Tom Dalton
Tony the Tiger
Wendy Rouse
Worcester Historical Museum LGBTQ+ History Project
Zack Ellis

Alex Brown
All the narrators
All the photo contributors
All who fought for equal rights
All who volunteered to be interviewed
Andrew Elder
Barry Calvani?
Bill Gendron
Billy Mulcahy Moser
Boston Public Library
Charlie Gallo
Charlotte McDonald
Connie Moser
David Conner
David Connor
Doneeca Thurston
Dr. Stephanie Yuhl
Ellie Tamplin
Jackson Davidow
James Lamana
Janet Kahn
Jennifer Almonte
Jim Lamana
Joan Ilaqua
Katherine Stevens
Kevin Glick
librarian union
Lillian Faderman
Lynn Public Library
Marilyn Humphries
Mary Goukas
Mass Humanities
Over the Rainbow Social Club
Pat Gozemba
Pat Kelly lib union
Paul Zipper Jr
Public health dept helper
Roberta Seymour
Sam Valentine
Seth Albaum
State epidemiologist
Steve the Greek
The National AIDS Memorial
Theresa Hurley
Tom Dalton
Tony the Tiger
Wendy Rouse
Worcester Historical Museum LGBTQ+ History Project
Zack Ellis

We thank the many people who helped us with this project.

Alex Brown
All the narrators
All the photo contributors
All who fought for equal rights
All who volunteered to be interviewed
Andrew Elder
Barry Calvani?
Bill Gendron
Billy Mulcahy Moser
Boston Public Library
Charlie Gallo
Charlotte McDonald
Connie Moser
David Conner
David Connor
Doneeca Thurston
Dr. Stephanie Yuhl
Ellie Tamplin
Jackson Davidow
James Lamana
Janet Kahn
Jennifer Almonte
Jim Lamana
Joan Ilaqua
Katherine Stevens
Kevin Glick
librarian union
Lillian Faderman
Lynn Public Library
Marilyn Humphries
Mary Goukas
Mass Humanities
Over the Rainbow Social Club
Pat Gozemba
Pat Kelly lib union
Paul Zipper Jr
Public health dept helper
Roberta Seymour
Sam Valentine
Seth Albaum
State epidemiologist
Steve the Greek
The National AIDS Memorial
Theresa Hurley
Tom Dalton
Tony the Tiger
Wendy Rouse
Worcester Historical Museum LGBTQ+ History Project
Zack Ellis

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