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Beverly Penninger papers concerning Tonda Taylor

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.204.01.02]
Identifier: MS0557

Content Description

This collection consists of the footage that Penninger put together about Tonda Taylor. The footage consists of Tonda Taylor organizing a charity auction for Time Out Youth. It includes the setup of the auction and an accompanying buffet, footage of the auctioneer and Tonda interacting with attendees. Also included is her research and the prospectus for the film.


  • Creation: 1990s


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Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

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Biographical Note: Beverly Penninger

Beverly Penninger is a local videographer who started putting footage together about Tonda Taylor and Time Out Youth in the early 1990s. Beverly works as a teacher at a broadcast school here in Charlotte and has been involved with TOY and the local community for many years.

Historical Note: Tonda Taylor

Tonda Taylor grew up in a conservative, socially prominent family in 1950s' Charlotte. In 1964, Tonda left Charlotte for New York and worked for American Youth Hostels and the Girl Scouts. Tonda returned to Charlotte in 1984 to help her mother and her father, Dr. Andrew Taylor, a prominent Charlotte allergist, care for her brother Sam, who was dying of leukemia. Sam contracted HIV via a blood transfusion. Dr. Taylor himself became infected with HIV, either while caring for Sam or from transfusions during an earlier open heart surgery. At age 80, Dr. Taylor took his own life to spare his family the burden of his illness. Sam died seven months later.

Not long after Sam's death, a friend sought Tonda's help for a teenager who was struggling with her sexual orientation. Tonda was distressed to learn that no programs or support groups existed in Charlotte for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. Soon thereafter, in November 1990, Tonda and a small group of human services professionals, educators, physicians and clergy met and agreed that these young people desperately needed somewhere to turn for help. A few months later, they formed Time Out Youth and the first weekly discussion group met on April 8, 1991.

Source: History/Mission/Vision, Time Out Youth website,


.25 Linear Feet


Contains footage Penninger put together concerning a charity auction for Time Out Youth with which Taylor was involved. Also includes Penninger's research and the prospectus for the film.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation from Beverly Penninger, 2017.


Forms part of the King-Henry-Brockington LGBTQ+ Archive.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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