Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive show

Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive

Summary: Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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 Season 3: Episode 5: Deborah Johnson & Zandra Rolón Amato | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1166

In 1983, Deborah Johnson and Zandra Rolón Amato went to a Los Angeles restaurant for what was supposed to be a romantic dinner.  Instead they wound up in court, and won. Represented by Gloria Allred. their landmark discrimination case has particular resonance today, as a growing number of Americans claim they have a legal right to discriminate against LGBTQ people, most famously in the case of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, which you can read about here.  

 Season 3: Episode 4: J.J. Belanger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1331

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.

 Season 3: Episode 3: Ellen DeGeneres | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1570

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.

 Season 3: Episode 2: Perry Watkins | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1302

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.

 Season 3: Episode 1: Sylvia Rivera Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1144

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. 

 Season 3: Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 252

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.

 Bonus: Edythe Eyde's Gay Gal's Mixtape | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 803

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. 

 Bonus: Rewind: Sylvia Rivera | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 658

Season 3 arrives Oct 22nd! While you wait, here's 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.

 Season 2: Episode 11: Tom Cassidy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1401

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.

 Season 2: Episode 10: Joyce Hunter | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1356

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. 

 Season 2: Episode 9: Smith and Donaldson | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1334

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.

 Season 2: Episode 8: Gittings and Lahusen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1220

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 done.

 Season 2: Episode 7: Herb Selwyn | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1322

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.

 Season 2: Episode 6: Morris Foote | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1036

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 setting foot in Boise for the next 20 years.

 Season 2: Episode 5: Jean O'Leary - Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 927

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. 


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