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To: H-NET/OHA Discussion List on Oral History <H-ORALHIST@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Subject: Re: Ethics & LGBT Mental Health Service Users Tina, There aren't many published oral history projects on LGBT subjects in general. For my personal research, I did a literature search on LGBT mental health from a historical perspective and couldn't find much. There are many books based from LGBT interviews and written narratives. LONELY HUNTERS and BOOTS OF LEATHER, SLIPPERS OF GOLD are based on oral histories and excellent histories; WHISTLING WOMEN takes an anthropological approach too. But these aren't oral history projects as such. It seems like a Seattle group has compiled oral histories. I'm currently doing an oral history project on my university's LGBT population and have run into some interesting challenges. Older people (50+ years) requiring pseudonyms. My IRB approval required several hoops to be jumped through (such as no 3rd party names are to be listed in the transcripts and my tapes are to be destroyed) to ensure strict confidentiality. I'm completely ill about this and although I disagree with IRBs being required for oral histories philosophically and my particular requirements, I want to graduate and my thesis adviser required me to do it too. I'd be happy to talk more off or on list.... Kathy Staley Appalachian State University