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LGBTQ History through the Voices of Those Who Lived It

20jun11:00 am12:15 pmLGBTQ History through the Voices of Those Who Lived It11:00 am - 12:15 pm

LGBTQ History through the Voices of Those Who Lived It

Event Details

  • Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present LGBTQ History through the Voices of Those Who Lived It
  • Eric Marcus draws on his archive of rare recorded interviews with LGBTQ trailblazers to tell the early years of the LGBTQ rights movement!
  • Can't make the live event? Buy a ticket for the recording and watch the event in your own time! See FAQs below for more info.
  • In the late 1980s, twenty-nine-year-old journalist Eric Marcus was commissioned to write an oral history of what was then called the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. In more than a hundred interviews, Eric set out to capture the stories of the movement’s largely unsung heroes before old age or AIDS claimed them. The resulting book was published in 1992 under the title Making History; the revised 2002 edition was titled Making Gay History.
  • Since 2016, Eric’s interview archive has found new life in the Making Gay History podcast, which features intimate conversations with both known and long-forgotten LGBTQ champions and allies. The podcast spotlights the contributions of trans activist Sylvia Rivera, film historian and ACT UP cofounder Vito Russo, Black feminist icon Barbara Smith, PFLAG cofounders Jeanne and Morty Manford, and dozens more in their own indelible words.
  • On June 20, join Eric as he shares the voices of some of these history-makers and hear firsthand what inspired them to blaze a trail for LGBTQ equality.
    • Trans activist Sylvia Rivera posing in front of a fountain, 1970.
    • Sylvia Rivera, a transgender rights activist who was also a noted community worker in New York.
    • Vito Russo, an American LGBT activist, film historian, and author. He is best remembered as the author of the book The Celluloid Closet (1981, revised edition 1987), described in The New York Times as "an essential reference book" on homosexuality in the US film industry,
    • Barbara Smith, an American lesbian feminist and socialist who has played a significant role in Black feminism in the United States.
    • Jeanne and Morty Manford, founded a group for parents of gay people in 1973. Today it's an international organization called PFLAG.
  • Speaker Bio
    • Eric Marcus is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews—conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement—to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. His other books include Is It a Choice?, Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. Eric is also co-producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast drawn from Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. He is the founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, which brings together 240 nonprofits committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials related to LGBTQ history and culture, and he serves on the board of the American LGBTQ+ Museum.
  • FAQs
  • When will the Zoom invite come?
    • The Zoom invite will be in the CONFIRMATION EMAIL from your order—IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE IT IN YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL PLEASE MESSAGE US IMMEDIATELY. Subsequent to this, the Zoom invite will be sent to your email address at 48hrs, 2hrs, and 10mins before the event. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM AND SOCIAL FOLDERS IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE ZOOM INVITE IN YOUR INBOX.
  • What time zone is the event scheduled in?
    • The event is scheduled for 2pm EST (i.e. New York time). You can watch it in any time zone but please adjust to the time zone you are in.
  • Will the event be recorded and available to view later?
    • Yes the event will be recorded and you can buy a ticket for the recording above. If you buy a ticket for the recording you will be emailed automatically after the event with a link to the recording, available to view for 1 week after receiving the link. If you bought a ticket for the live event but couldn't make it please email us and we will send you the link to the recording.


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