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Fontana, Lorraine

Interviewee: Lorraine Fontana
Interviewer: Hillery Rink
Date of Interview: October 29, 2012
Extent: 67 pages

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Interviewee: Lorraine Fontana
Interviewer: Hillery Rink
Date of Interview: December 11, 2012

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Born in Queens, NY, in 1947, Lorraine Fontana became an anti-war activist and supporter of the Civil Rights and Black Empowerment Movements early in life. After joining VISTA in 1968, she came to Atlanta, and together with other feminists, founded the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA - 1972 to 1994), and later DARII (Dykes for the Second American Revolution).  She trained at the People’s College of Law in L.A.  (1976-79) and went on to work with the National Jury Project, Georgia Legal Services, the EEOC in New York City (Oct 1999 to Jan, 2004), and Georgia’s Lambda Legal Education & Defense Fund (2006-2012).  She was a member of the short-lived Queer Progressive Agenda (QPA), and is currently a supporter of First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta’s Social Justice Guild, the Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition, Charis Books, the Atlanta Grandmothers for Peace, SAGE Atlanta, and Southerners on New Ground.

Abstract:, October 29, 2012: 
Fontana discusses her early life growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a working-class Italian-American home, the experiences that led to the realization of her lesbian identity, and her feminist activism with the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance.

Abstract, December 11, 2012:
Fontana discusses her attempts to succeed in male-dominated trade industries and the challenges she faced, her civil rights-focused legal career, and her experience working in World Trade Center 7 on the day of the September 11 attacks in New York, N.Y.

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