Making Gay History
By Eric Marcus
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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.
||ExplicitDeborah Johnson & Zandra Rólon Amato||In 1983, Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rólon Amato went to a Los Angeles restaurant for what was supposed to be a romantic dinner. Instead they wound up in court. They fought back against discrimination and won.||11/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJ.J. Belanger||You may know his face from an iconic 1953 photo booth photo. But there’s a full life’s story behind that photo that includes love, heartbreak, Alfred Kinsey, and fighting for trans rights.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEllen DeGeneres||Everybody loves Ellen. But that wasn’t always so. When she came out on screen and in real life the backlash was fierce and her future cast in doubt. In this 2001 interview hear a beloved icon at a crossroads.||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPerry Watkins||Sergeant Perry Watkins played by the rules. The U.S military did not. Drafted in 1968, he was thrown out fifteen years later despite his honesty and stellar record of service. He fought back and won.||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSylvia Rivera Part 2||Welcome back to Sylvia’s kitchen, for the second part of a never-before-heard interview from 1989. Pull up a chair for a conversation with the Stonewall veteran and trans rights pioneer who reflects on a life of activism while she cooks a pot of chili||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeason Three Preview||We’re back with more stories from queer history as told by the people who lived it. Drawing on decades-old archival audio tape, you’ll hear intimate, personal interviews with LGBTQ civil rights pioneers.||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdythe Eyde's Gay Gal's Mixtape||Already a visionary with her pioneering lesbian 'zine Vice Versa in the 1940s, "Gay Gal" Edythe Eyde broke the mold again when she started singing positive ballads and gay-friendly parodies in LA's gay clubs in the 1950s.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitRewind: Sylvia Rivera||Another chance to hear trans icon, and Stonewall uprising veteran Sylvia Rivera relive that June 1969 night in vivid detail and describe her struggle for recognition in the movement.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTom Cassidy||CNN business anchor Tom Cassidy kept his “private life” strictly separate from his public life. Three decades ago he had to. But then he was diagnosed with AIDS.||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoyce Hunter||Joyce’s childhood and adolescence were stolen from her. Determined to keep that from happening to other LGBTQ youth, she survived years in an orphanage, suicide attempts, and a brutal anti-gay attack to change the lives of countless of young people.||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmith and Donaldson||Four years before the 1969 uprising at NYC’s Stonewall Inn, a San Francisco confrontation between the police and that city’s LGBT community proved a turning point. Gay attorneys Herbert Donaldson and Evander Smith were among the night’s heroes.||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGittings and Lahusen||When the Stonewall uprising upended the 1960s homophile movement, Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen refused to be put out to pasture. They brought all their passion, humor, and determination to the gay lib ‘70s and showed the youngsters how it was don||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHerb Selwyn||Herb Selwyn never hesitated to stick his neck out for others. That included gay people at a time when other straight attorneys cashed in on the persecution of homosexuals and gay attorneys were too frightened to represent a despised minority.||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMorris Foote||On November 2, 1955, when 30-year-old Morris read on the front page of the newspaper that Boise police were rounding up and arresting gay men, he did the only thing he could think of. He ran. He didn't feel safe to go back to Boise for the next 20 years||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJean O'Leary - Part 2||Jean O’Leary had a vision for the national LGBTQ civil rights movement. On March 26, 1977 she led the first delegation of lesbian and gay activists to the White House. And in 1988 she co-founded National Coming Out Day.||3/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJean O'Leary - Part 1||Jean O’Leary was passionate - about women, nuns, feminism, and equality. She left an indelible mark on the women’s movement and the LGBTQ civil rights movement, but not without causing controversy. After all, she was a troublemaker. And proud of||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHal Call||Hal Call never minced words. The midwestern newspaperman and WWII vet wrested control of the Mattachine Society from its founders and went on to fight police oppression and champion sexual freedom. He also made more than a few enemies along the way.||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShirley Willer||Shirley Willer had good reason to be angry—she was beaten by the police and a dear friend was allowed to die. Because they were gay.||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMarsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker||A never before heard interview with Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker - two very different heroes of the early LGBT civil rights movement.||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two - Preview||Season Two - Preview||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode - Love is Love||The right to love and be loved for who we are has always been a driving force in the fight for LGBT civil rights. Eric shares four special love stories featuring activists who helped change the course of history.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitVito Russo||Vito Russo loved movies, but he hated the way Hollywood portrayed LGBTQ people and pedaled homophobia. He decided that that had to change. He wrote a book, was one of the founders of GLAAD, and when his life was on the line, co-founded ACT UP.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarbara Gittings and Kay "Tobin" Lahusen||Barbara Gittings and Kay “Tobin” Lahusen described themselves as gay rights fanatics, and they helped supercharge the nascent movement in the 1960s and brought their creativity, passion, determination, and good humor to the Gay Liberation 1970s.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDear Abby||A generation ago, tens of millions of people turned to "Dear Abby" in her daily newspaper column for advice. Long before others did, and at considerable risk, she used her platform and celebrity in support of gay people and their equal rights.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitChuck Rowland||A WWII veteran who turned theory into action, co-founding one of the first LGBT rights groups, the Mattachine Society, in 1950—a time when gay people were considered sick, sinful, criminal, and a threat to national security.||11/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJeanne and Morty Manford||When Jeanne Manford's gay son Morty was badly beaten at a protest in 1972, she took action and founded an organization for parents of gays known today as PFLAG||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrank Kameny||Frank Kameny fought for what was right. And he never gave up. Lessons for us all.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Evelyn Hooker||A friendship that led to overturning the psychiatric orthodoxy and changing millions of lives.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEdythe Eyde a.k.a. Lisa Ben||In 1947, Hollywood secretary Edythe Eyde, a.k.a. Lisa Ben, had the audacity to publish “Vice Versa,” the first ever “magazine” for lesbians. Even more audacious, she imagined a future gay utopia that has all come to pass.||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWendell Sayers||Wendell Sayers is not in the history books, but you'll never forget his story. Born in 1904 in Kansas, Wendell was the first black lawyer to work for Colorado's Attorney General. He risked everything to join a gay discussion group.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSylvia Rivera||A never before heard conversation with trans icon, self-described “drag queen,” and Stonewall uprising veteran Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia relives that June 1969 night in vivid detail and describes her struggle for recognition in the movement.||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSeason 1: Preview||Vintage voices from queer history. Hear the personal stories of people who changed the world.||10/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
The first episode was really well produced and incredibly heartfelt. Can't wait for more.
Being able to hear these voices and these stories is an incredible privilege.
I'm so happy to have found this podcast. What a privilege and a treat to listen to these recordings and stories.