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Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive
Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive
Eric Marcus

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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Episodes

Feminist Bookstores: A Love Story — with June Thomas

As a bookish lesbian growing up in working-class England, June Thomas developed an early love of bookstores. After moving to... more

23 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Guest Episode: Blindspot: The Plague in the Shadows: Mourning in America

Valerie Reyes-Jimenez called it “The Monster.” That’s how some people described HIV and AIDS in the 1980s. Valerie thinks as... more

15 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
Dismantling a Diagnosis: Out of the DSM & into the Present — A Conversation about LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Eric is joined in conversation by Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth and Dr. Ilan H. Meyer to delve into the past and... more

29 Dec 2023 · 50 minutes
Dismantling a Diagnosis: The Cure

A half-century ago, millions of homosexuals were cured with the stroke of a pen when the American Psychiatric Association decided... more

22 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
Dismantling a Diagnosis: A Kind of Madness

In the 1950s, psychiatrists diagnosed all homosexuals with a mental illness, and the sickness label created new forms of oppression... more

15 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Coming of Age During the 1970s: Marching On

In 1978 Harvey Milk calls on gay people to gather in D.C. the next year to protest the anti-gay campaigns... more

29 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Coming of Age During the 1970s: Thank You, Anita

Eric gets an A on his freshman sociology paper, “Marginal Man: The Alcoholic and the Homosexual.” But his sunny predictions... more

08 Jun 2023 · 53 minutes
Coming of Age During the 1970s: Respectable

Gay rights activists in NYC are first out of the gate to propose anti-discrimination legislation, confident it will sail through... more

25 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Coming of Age During the 1970s: Family Ties

When Jeanne Manford’s gay son is badly beaten at a 1972 GAA protest, the shy elementary school teacher takes a... more

11 May 2023 · 50 minutes
Coming of Age During the 1970s: Fire Island and Other Stories

While activists are demonstrating, filing lawsuits, and pushing for anti-discrimination laws, 16-year-old Eric is on a ferry to Fire Island,... more

27 Apr 2023 · 49 minutes
Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive
Feminist Bookstores: A Love Story — with June Thomas
Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive
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