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4.30 / Queen's Circle

4.30.16 / Queen's Circle                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     NEXT: 5.22.16 / THE NAKED TRUTH



Cruising Oral Histories of Balboa Park


April 30th, 6-11 PM
@ Marston Point Parking Lot // FREE

Today at Marston Point the bathrooms remain locked, gates have been installed, and the once two-way street is now a one-way loop. But many remember busier days.

Cruising culture in Balboa Park formed and dissolved relationships, took part in the AIDS crisis, and even experienced fatal hate crimes. Though online hookup platforms have taken main stage, Marston Point, aka, “Fruit Loop” and other regions of the park, such as "Queen’s Circle” still contain many stories.  

In collaboration with Lambda LGBTQ Archives, accounts from those who participated in, surveilled, or managed cruising culture in Balboa Park became the fodder for an evening of storytelling. These recorded tales composed a listening event in car-based sound installations in the parking lot at “Fruit Loop.”



Queen's Circle: Shaun Parker



Production Team
Sound Editing: Kate Clark. Initial editing on Nicole Murray Ramirez, Bill West, and Anonymous Charlie by Camille Laut
Sound Production: Samuel Dunscombe
Technical Production: Nick Lesley, Camille Laut
Creative Production: Kate Clark, Marina Grize
Production Assistance: Diana Benavidez, Celia Gold
Event Volunteers: Alena Vasquez, Jeremy Raab, Ashley Moy
Stills Photographer: Shaun Parker
Channel Parkeology Video, Editing, Direction: Ren Ebel
ParkCast: Sound, Editing and Direction: Parker Bray

Lambda Staff Support
Walter Meyer, Office Manager
Ken Selnick, Digital Archivist
Steve Wroblewski, Lambda Board Member and Oral History Interviewer
Jen LaBarbera, Head Archivist

Anonymous Charlie
Nicole Ramirez Murray, San Diego Human Relations Commission Chair
Bill West, Former Porn Actor/Masseur
Chris Shaw, Bar Owner
John Graham, Retired City of San Diego Police Officer
John Lockhart, Frontrunners marathon runner
Susan Jester, San Diego Sheriff’s LGBT Advisory Council Member
Kim Duclo, Park Ranger
Wendy Sue Biegeleisen, Lesbian Activist
Terry Cunningham, HIV Health Services Planning Council Chair
Oliver Cleary, San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

Car Donors
Dominic Paul Miller
Alena Vasquez
Brianna Rigg
Nichole Special
Samuel Dunscombe
Todd Moellenberg
Ken Selnick
Melinda Guillen
Sara Solaimani
Joe Yorty
Seth Ferris
Stephanie Sherman
Lucas Spenser
Briana Schoner
Parker Bray
Ren Ebel

Parks and Recreation Administration Support
Park Ranger Jon Anderson
Senior Park Ranger Ryan Robertson
Park Ranger Carina Weber
Park Ranger Kim Duclo