In this 2006 interview, 58 year old Cleveland native Buck Harris, a prominent member of Cleveland's gay community for decades, talks about his life in Cleveland as a gay man and his residency near West 52nd Street and Bridge Avenue in an area of the west side of Cleveland known as Ohio City Heights. Mr. Harris discusses his experience of "coming out" in the late 1970s; some of the prominent gay bars in Cleveland in the 1970s, including, Twiggy's; and his development and activities as an activist for gay rights and gay health, including his appointment by Ohio Governor Dick Celeste as his gay health advisor. Harris recounts a number of stories about the AIDS crisis in Cleveland in the 1980s. Harris also hosted the first gay and lesbian radio talk show in America in the 1990s on WHK..


Harris, Buck (interviewee)


Souther, Mark (interviewer)


Detroit Shoreway



Document Type

Oral History


60 minutes

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