Making Gay History

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Vintage voices of people who changed the world. Making Gay History mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.

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Vintage voices of people who changed the world. Making Gay History mines Eric Marcus’s decades old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his award-winning oral history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-20 15:52
last episode published
2019-06-20 09:00
publication frequency
17.63 days
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Eric Marcus author  
Eric Marcus and Sara Burningham owner  
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Number of Episodes
57
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20.06.2019

"Say it Loud! Gay and Proud!"

Like so many other acts of queer resistance, the riots in Greenwich Village in late June and early July 1969 could have become a footnote in history. But the protests and organizing that followed the Stonewall Uprising turned the page. A new chapter ha...
Eric Marcus author
13.06.2019

"Everything Clicked... And The Riot Was On"

At 1:20 a.m. on June 28, 1969, the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, an unlicensed gay club in New York’s Greenwich Village. I wasn’t there.  Of these two facts I feel certain.  The first one, because the police report from that night stat...
Eric Marcus author
6.06.2019

Prelude to a Riot

Conflict has context. In this first episode of Making Gay History’s Stonewall 50 season, we hear stories from the pre-Stonewall struggle for LGBTQ rights. We travel back in time to hear voices from the turbulent 1960s and take you to the tinderbox that...
Eric Marcus author
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Stonewall 50 Trailer

Coming Soon:  A special season of Making Gay History to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Hear the voices of the rioters, and of the activists who turned a riot into Gay Liberation—a new and expansive phase in the LGBTQ rights moveme...
Eric Marcus author
21.02.2019

Martha Shelley

Brooklyn-born Martha Shelley was a rebel. She didn’t like being told what to do, wear, or say. She hated the lesbian bars, and after joining the Daughters of Bilitis she strained against the self-imposed limits of the homophile movement. Coming of age ...
Eric Marcus author
7.02.2019

Dick Leitsch

Read about Dick Leitsch’s life in his New York Times obituary and check out our special “In Memoriam” episode about him here. Dick Leitsch donated his personal papers to the New York Public Library (NYPL) archives. Read the New Yorker article on Leitsc...
Eric Marcus author
24.01.2019

Ernestine Eckstein

See the June 1966 issue of The Ladder with Eckstein on the cover here and read the interview that Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen conducted with her.  Gittings and Lahusen were featured in two MGH episodes here and here.  And Kay was featured in...
Eric Marcus author
10.01.2019

Bayard Rustin

Bayard Rustin was a key, behind-the-scenes leader of the black civil rights movement—a proponent of nonviolent protest, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principal organizer of the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. ...
Eric Marcus author
27.12.2018

Reed Erickson

For a history of the transgender movement in the U.S., check out Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution by Susan Stryker.For a biographical overview of Erickson and his contributions to the homophile and transgender movements, check out t...
Eric Marcus author
13.12.2018

Stella Rush ("Sten Russell")

Read a biographical overview of Stella Rush by Judith M. Saunders in this chapter from Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context, edited by Vern L. Bullough. In the same book,Rush herself also contributed a chapter on...
Eric Marcus author
29.11.2018

Dorr Legg, Martin Block and Jim Kepner of ONE

ONE, the first national gay magazine, attracted the attention of the FBI and was at the heart of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. Dorr Legg, Martin Block, and Jim Kepner were key to ONE’s success. But don’t expect them to agree on its origin story. ...
Eric Marcus author
15.11.2018

Billye Talmadge

Investigated by the FBI, blackmailed, but bold enough to keep going, Billye Talmadge was one of the early members of the earliest lesbian rights organization in the U.S., the Daughters of Bilitis. Read a brief biography of Billye Talmadge in this proud...
Eric Marcus author
1.11.2018

Harry Hay

Read more about Harry Hay in his San Francisco Chronicle obituary. For a more in-depth look at the early days of the Mattachine Society, check out C. Todd White's Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rightsand James T. Sears’sB...
Eric Marcus author
25.10.2018

Magnus Hirschfeld

On the occasion of Magnus Hirschfeld’s 150th birthday in May 2018, Eric Marcus traveled to Germany to find out more about this early champion of LGBTQ civil rights. Eric found a story of queer resistance, resilience, and a fascinating mystery involving...
Eric Marcus author
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Introduction

This season, Making Gay History uncovers voices from the early movement for LGBTQ civil rights.  Eric Marcus introduces trailblazers from as far back as Germany in the late 1800s to the folks who stood up and stepped up for equal rights in the US in th...
Eric Marcus author
11.10.2018

Season Four - Trailer

Season Four of Making Gay History will feature more never-before-heard archival interviews with trailblazers from LGBTQ history. This season will trace some of the earliest moments and movements. These are powerful, life-affirming and life-changing con...
Eric Marcus author
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Farewell Dick Leitsch

May 11, 1935 - June 22nd, 2018.  Dick Leitch, Kentucky native, New Yorker at heart, one-time president of the Mattachine Society of New York, was an early gay rights advocate who challenged police entrapment and championed the rights of gay people to g...
Eric Marcus author
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Kay Lahusen’s Gay Table

Join us as Making Gay History pulls up a chair at Kay Tobin Lahusen’s monthly gay dinner table. Spend some time with this gang of elders and hear how love, friendship, and activism live on for these trailblazers—even in their retirement community. 
Eric Marcus author
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Love is Love

Four stories of the moments that changed everything. The right to love and be loved for who we are has always been a driving force in the fight for LGBT civil rights and in this special bonus episode Eric shares love stories from his archive featuring ...
Eric Marcus author
28.12.2017

Morty Manford

Teenaged Morty Manford came of age in the 1960s, at a time when psychiatrists often did more harm than good with young people struggling to come to terms with their sexuality in a world that had nothing nice to say about homosexuals. But once Morty set...
Eric Marcus author
21.12.2017

Greg Brock

Greg Brock blazed a trail for LGBTQ journalists by being himself at a time when doing that could sabotage your career or cost you your job.  But Greg didn't just come out on the job, he came out to everyone on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" for the first Nat...
Eric Marcus author
14.12.2017

Paulette Goodman

Paulette Goodman’s experience of growing up as a Jewish child in Paris during the Nazi occupation gave her a unique perspective as the parent of a gay child who faced discrimination in the country where Paulette’s family sought refuge.  Paulette knew w...
Eric Marcus author
7.12.2017

Morris Kight

Morris Kight was a whirling dervish champion of LGBTQ civil rights. He cut his activist teeth in the labor, civil rights, and anti-war movements, and from 1969 on brought all his passion to bear on catapulting himself and L.A.’s gay liberation efforts ...
Eric Marcus author
30.11.2017

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin

Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin were the originals. With six other women, they co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis - the very first lesbian organization in the US. DOB seems tame and timid today, but in 1955 it was risky and radical for a fearful time.Phyl...
Eric Marcus author
23.11.2017

Larry Kramer

Until 1981, Larry Kramer was best known for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for “Women in Love” and Faggots, his controversial novel about New York City’s gay subculture in the post-Stonewall 1970s.  And then he picked up the New York Times on t...
Eric Marcus author
16.11.2017

Deborah 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, and won. Represented by Gloria Allred. their landmark discrimination case has particular re...
Eric Marcus author
9.11.2017

J.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.
Eric Marcus author
2.11.2017

Ellen 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.
Eric Marcus author
26.10.2017

Perry 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.
Eric Marcus author
22.10.2017

Sylvia 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....
Eric Marcus author
19.10.2017

Coming Soon... Season Three

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.
Eric Marcus author
11.10.2017

Edythe 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. 
Eric Marcus author
5.10.2017

Rewind: Sylvia Rivera

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.
Eric Marcus author
4.05.2017

Tom 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.
Eric Marcus author
27.04.2017

Joyce 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. 
Eric Marcus author
20.04.2017

Smith 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.
Eric Marcus author
13.04.2017

Gittings 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 done...
Eric Marcus author
6.04.2017

Herb 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.
Eric Marcus author
30.03.2017

Morris 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 setting foot in Boise for the next 20 ye...
Eric Marcus author
26.03.2017

Jean 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. 
Eric Marcus author
23.03.2017

Jean O'Leary - Part 1

Jean O’Leary was passionate—about women, nuns, feminism, and equal rights.  She left an indelible mark on the women’s movement and the LGBTQ civil rights movement, but not without causing controversy, too.  After all, she was a troublemaker.  And proud...
Eric Marcus author
16.03.2017

Hal 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.
Eric Marcus author
9.03.2017

Shirley 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. She channeled that anger into action, traveling the country in the 1960s to launch new chapters of gay rights organizat...
Eric Marcus author
2.03.2017

Marsha 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. Marsha was a founder of the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries.  Randy led the first gay demonstration i...
Eric Marcus author
23.02.2017

Season Two - Preview

Making Gay History is back with more hidden histories mined from Eric Marcus’s 30-year-old audio archive.  Ten new episodes featuring intimate, personal interviews with pioneers in the struggle for LGBTQ civil rights—some known and some long-forgotten ...
Eric Marcus author
14.02.2017

Bonus 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 from his archive featuring activists who helped change the course of history.
Eric Marcus author
15.12.2016

Vito Russo

The late author and activist Vito Russo is best known for his 1981 landmark book,The Celluloid Closet:  Homosexuality in the Movies, and for co-founding bothGLAAD (originally known as the Gay& Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), andACT UP (the AI...
Eric Marcus author
8.12.2016

Barbara Gittings and Kay "Tobin" Lahusen

A dynamic duo, self-described gay rights fanatics and life partners Barbara Gittings and Kay “Tobin” Lahusen helped supercharge the nascent movement in the 1960s and brought their creativity, passion, determination, and good humor to the Gay Liberation...
Eric Marcus author
1.12.2016

Dear 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.
Eric Marcus author
23.11.2016

Chuck Rowland

A WWII veteran who co-founded 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. Dr Evelyn Hooker described Chuck as “a natural organize...
Eric Marcus author