LGBTQ+ Cleveland

This collection features oral history interviews with LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Same-Gender Loving) community members, leaders, and activists in the greater Cleveland area. Interviews explore the history of Cleveland’s LGBTQ+ communities, groups, organizations, places, and spaces both past and present. Interviews in this collection were conducted by Riley Habyl, a graduate student at Cleveland State University Department of History, beginning in the summer of 2023. Topics include discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, activism, civil and human rights, HIV/AIDS, Lesbian Feminism, Cleveland’s Ball (Ballroom) scene, and more.



  • Riley Habyl
  • Mark Souther


  • Tom Stebel
  • Sally Tatnall
  • Mike Brunstedt
  • John Nosek
  • Leon Stevens
  • Debra Hirshberg
  • Brynna Fish
  • Bryan C. Jones
  • Jacob Nash
  • Devinity
  • Monika Veliz


  • Riley Habyl