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Reminiscences of Joe Tarver : oral history, 2002.

Creator: Tarver, Joe, 1958-
Project: September 11, 2001 response and recovery oral history project.
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Phys. Desc. :transcript 38 pages sound recordings 1 audio disc (77 min.) : digital ; 3 in.
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Communications Director, Empire State Pride Agenda.

Scope and Contents

Raised in Port Arthur, TX and Louisiana; education: B.A. University of Texas in Austin, M.A. University of Glasgow in Scotland; career: 1988 Albert Gore campaign, White House liaison at the Department of State under President William Jefferson Clinton, United States Trade Representative, fundraiser for Empire State Pride Agenda, communications director of Empire State Pride Agenda; September 11th: gridlocked streets, communication with family, mass migration uptown; Empire State Pride Agenda: statewide hate crimes law, local nondiscrimination measures, Dignity for All Students Act, post 9/11 focus of Empire State Pride Agenda: legitimatizing gay and lesbian relationships in face of service assistance and benefits, work to expand definition of family, reports of problems around eligibilty requirements, Crime Victims Board, training service agencies and volunteers on gay and lesbian rights, collaborative work with Anti-Violence Project and LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund, problems surrounding documentation of relationships, temporary guidelines for Red Cross and other organizations, impossibility of identifying and assisting closeted individuals, impediments to receiving federal level assistance, help of Human Rights Campaign in governmental negotiations, back-channel communications in Washington, highly subjective success rates with Federal Victims Compensation Fund, questions/problems surrounding adoption and children of survivors, attempts to make provisions permanent, use of event to highlight widespread instances in inequity and discrimination.


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