• THE AMONG DREAMS LGBTQI MILITARY ARCHIVE

    MAPPING INVISIBLE HISTORIES BY Documenting the Dreams and Stories of LGBTQI Servicemembers and Veterans
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The Among Dreams LGBTQI Military Archive

 

A New Military Archive

The Among Dreams LGBTQI Military Archive (ADMA) shares bold stories that illuminate the bravery and activism distinct of LGBTQI who risk their lives in service of a nation that has- past and present- upheld laws against their own personal freedoms.

This archive catalogues first person narratives and dreams of inter-generational LGBTQI active duty members and veterans, marking invisible moments in our U.S., LGBTQI, and Military history.

From targeted witchhunts and assaults to soldiers serving in silence, these stories individually and collectively trace the distribution of weight held on the shoulders of soldiers and the residual impact on their lives today.† An archive of fear and hiding, while equally one of determination, bravery and unwavering patriotism, ADMA maps a direct line between these lives lived and the increasing freedoms for lesbian and gays in the military today.

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Histories & Dreams

A new, bold archive- mapping the invisible

Nighttime dreams offer a rare and visceral look at memory, filling and informing gaps in†the conscious mind, helping us to trace history by asking:†What does the body remember? †What is the residual/ internalized impact of a history of silencing, hiding, and violence? Dreams offer a deeper look into the psyche, and can be traced and mapped along with our waking life stories to offer a complex, vivid culminating image of the LGBTQI who have served our country.

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Chelsea Rae Klein, Among Dreams
Chelsea lives and works in both Manhattan and San Francisco.

Artist/ Producer

Chelsea Rae Klein is an artist, activist, community worker and unofficial dreamworker. She has been harvesting her own dreams for 15 years and holds firm but mysical belief in the notion that tracking ones waking life history and sleeptime dreams in tandem has great potential to reveal awesome insight about ourselves, others and the world around us. In 2012 she produced and co-curated a group exhibition about waking life and dream integration in San Francisco titled “We Dream in the Daytime Too.” Soon thereafter, Chelsea lead a dreamcircle with incarcerated men in a San Francisco County Jail and produced artworks illustrating these men’s dreams and narratives which resulted in a published collaboration between artist and inmates.

Born in Spokane, Washington, Chelsea Rae Klein holds a Masters in Arts Politics from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Journalism with an emphasis on Photojournalism from San Francisco State University. Most recently Kleinís work has appeared in New York at Aperture Gallery and The Cristin Tierney Gallery and in Florida at The Art Place Wynwood during Art Basel Miami. Her projects have received award from The San Francisco Arts Commissionís 2013 Individual Artist Commission and The Zellerbach Family Foundationís Community Arts Grant. She is also the founder and director of Descry Arts Projects, a pop-up exhibition and publishing space that has supported the publication and exhibition of over 200 national and international non-conformist emerging artists, which in 2012 produced group exhibitions in both San Francisco and Manhattan. Her work has appeared in articles by the Huffington Post, Hyperallergic and in 2011, she was profiled as one of San Francisco Weeklyís Top 100 artists.

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This project is made possible by the generous support of

The San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grants Individual Artist Commission

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Recent Stories

  • Dawn Hebert

    Dawn Herbert, Among Dreams

    U.S NAVY VETERAN, 22 MONTHS OF SERVICE   DAWN, ON CROSSDRESSING IN THE NAVY:   Fresh out of high school I served 20 months active duty on the U.S.S. McDonnell. At the time, it was the height of the Vietnam War and the draft was on, so my options were to either enlist or go…

  • Jerre L. Brown

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    U.S. ARMY, ARMY RESERVE AND ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, 25 YEARS OF SERVICE   JERRE, ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND ASSAULT, AND HOW SHE MADE IT AS A WOMAN IN THE MILITARY:   Iím from a small town in western Oklahoma. My only experience with the military prior to joining is that I was married to an…

  • Ashley Thomas Medcalf

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    U.S. AIR FORCE RESERVIST, 13 YEARS OF SERVICE   ASHLEY ON LOVE, ENTITLEMENT, FREEDOM AND HAPPINESS:   I was an army brat, my mother was in the army, she joined when I was nine much to the disagreement of my family as no one wanted her to join. It changed our lives. We were from…

  • Ty S. Warrick

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    U.S. ARMY VETERAN, 22.5 YEARS OF SERVICE   TY ON A LIFETIME OF FEELING TRAPPED, AND REFLECTIONS ON WAR:   The military was a safe zone for some one like me. Basically the uniform allowed me to hide my gender for several years. The uniform is very male heterosexual. Because of that, even identifying as…

  • Ramsay MacLeod

    Ramsay MacLeod, Among Dreams

    AIR FORCE VETERAN , 7 YEARS OF SERVICE   LISTEN RAMSAY, ON JOINING THE SERVICE AND A MOTHER’S PREMONITION: ON BEING THE TARGET OF A WITCH HUNT INVESTIGATION, IN OKINAWA, JAPAN: ON BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, AND WHY†GOING†TO THE POLICE WOULD HAVE COST RAMSAY†HER CAREER:   I worked in a steel mill out of high school…

  • David

    David, Among Dreams

    SECOND LIEUTENANT, U.S. ARMY, 2004-PRESENT   DAVID ON THE NEW FREE GAY AND LESBIAN GENERATION OF CADETS:   I think Iíve always known I was gay. I grew up in a very Catholic family here in the states, in South Florida.† Our church was located right in the middle of Wilton Manner.† So I was…

  • Deborah Suzannie Quon

    Deborah Suzannie Quan, Among Dreams

    NAVY VETERAN, 20 YEARS OF SERVICE DEBORAH ON BEING THE TARGET OF A WITCH HUNT INVESTIGATION:   I signed up for the U.S. Navy in 1986. By January 1987 I went to bootcamp. In just about the final week of bootcamp myself and a few other women were pulled aside and questioned for being lesbians….

  • Julie ‘Janine’ Davidson

    Julie 'Janine' Davidson, Among Dreams

    AIR FORCE VETERAN   JANINE ON MOVING TO HER FIRST POST IN†LOUISIANA WITH HER THEN-PARTNER, FRESH†POST THE DADT REPEAL:   When I was in my senior year of high school I was realizing I was gay and I had thought that you canít tell anybody, nobody that I know can ever know about this. So…

  • Teresa

    Teresa Mortenson, Among Dreams

    AIR FORCE VETERAN, 10 YEARS OF SERVICE   TERESA ON THE EQUATION OF HIDING, FEAR AND PATRIOTISM: My biological father was in the air force, I thought if he can do it, why canít I? At the time the military was pushing good for education, good for travel and serve your country. At that time…

  • Paula Tyer

    Paula Tyer, Among Dreams

    NAVY VETERAN,† 2 YEARS OF SERVICE   PAULA, ON NAVAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES INFILTRATING GAY BARS IN THE 70′s, IN AN ERA WHEN ONE COULD BE DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED JUST FOR BEING IN A GAY ESTABLISHMENT:   I enlisted in 1972 and served during the Vietnam War Era. I was the first woman in the Navy to…