Black-and-white portrait proof of the wedding party of Sidney and Gertrude Legendre. Members of party, from to right: Hennen Legendre; Sarah Jane Sanford; Armant Legendre; Gertrude Legendre; Sidney Legendre; Morris Legendre; Stephen Sanford.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding her packing and travel plans for her job transfer to London, England, asking him questions about their life in Hawaii, and wishing she had a different, more exciting, war job.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding a weekend she spent in the city, news of the European war, rations, letters from Rose about Medway Plantation, and Miss Evans about the children.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding a luxurious weekend she spent at her friend Polly’s in New York City. She goes on to describe a new spaniel puppy she has purchased, their daughter “Bobo” (Bokara), and news of various friends.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding another failed plan for her to join him in Hawaii, relating the story of her escape from the Germans into Switzerland, and discussing the war, in general.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding dinner parties she has thrown and attended, an upcoming hunting weekend with friends at Medway Plantation, and her attempts to join him in Hawaii.
Letter from Gertrude Legendre to her husband, Sidney Legendre, regarding his life in Hawaii and her job transfer to London, England. Gertrude goes on to describe what she expects from life in London and attempts to schedule a phone call with him before she leaves the United States.
Lynn Dugan attended Catholic grammar and high schools in New York City. With a lesbian friend, she visited lesbian bars where rigid “butch” or “fem” roles prevailed. She came of age just after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, later befriending some of the participants, as she became part of a community that looked after and protected each other from attacks, some of which she describes. She notes the comradery of men and women in the early gay rights movement, and the accessibility of many future celebrities entertaining in the gay baths and bars. She was mentored by an older gay man, Jimmy Alan Newcomer and she created a marriage ceremony with a woman opera singer at St. Peter’s MCC Church in 1981. She witnessed the start of the AIDS crisis and the work of many women and activists such as Larry Kramer. Professionally, she held jobs in management and sales, drove a taxi, and had her own greeting card company. In some jobs, she had to hide her sexuality. She visited Colorado often before moving to Boulder ca. 1993, participating in the LGBTQ community there. While attending a Pride parade in Columbia SC, she met political activist Charlie Smith, who invited her to Charleston, SC; she moved there soon after and began her involvement in the community, founding the Charleston Social Club, which offered opportunities to many isolated and closeted women. One of the programs, Lezz Fest, produced on the club’s tenth anniversary closed off part of North Charleston and drew 1,000 participants. Dugan was the prime mover in establishing the first Pride Festival in the lowcountry. She and a cadre of friends staged fundraisers for the event which the City of Charleston wanted to sideline. The city of North Charleston, however, including Mayor R. Keith Summey, who served as grand marshal of the parade, supported it, despite the criticism of many local churches. The Charleston Pride Organization event took place on May 15, 2010, and its impact, and that of the evening event held on the Citadel campus, is described in detail by Dugan. In response to questions, she comments on African American participation in the community and ends the interview with suggestions of other issues that LGBTQ community could address, such as the care of its older citizens, a task in which she is involved.