About Making Gay History

The Making Gay History podcast 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.

The Team

Creator & Host — Eric Marcus is the author of a dozen books, including Making Gay HistoryIs It A Choice?Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

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Executive Producer — Sara Burningham is a New York-based radio producer, editor, and writer.  She has produced award-winning FM talk radio in London, reported on the U.S. elections as a foreign correspondent, crafted narrative gems for public radio in the Ozarks, edited the rat-a-tat-tat radio AM News leader that is 1010WINS, and now has the privilege of gleaning life-changing stories from the Making Gay History archive. 

Co-Producer — Pineapple Street Media is a new kind of podcast company. We produce shows for partners, including The New York Times, Lena Dunham and Lenny, and Wieden+Kennedy. We also make original shows.

Education Partner — History UnErased’s mission is to prepare educators to teach every child about thevital role LGBTQ history has played in our nation and world. The Making Gay History podcast is tailored to serve as the jumping off point for HUE’s Give Voice to History project. Purchase HUE’s new 27-page academic inquiry unit on Sylvia Rivera.

Social Media Strategist — Will Coley is an independent radio producer and social media strategist, originally from North Carolina, now based in Queens, NY. His stories have been broadcast on the BBC, NPR, KCRW and Georgia Public Broadcasting among others. In 2017, he produced his own podcast series, Indefensible: Stories of People Resisting Deportation. Will has also designed and coordinated digital storytelling strategies for nonprofit organizations, such as CultureStrike, Detention Watch Network, National Immigration Law Center, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Opportunity Agenda.

Composer — Fritz Myers is a composer of music for a variety of formats.  He is best known for his scores for the films Sushi Girl and White Reindeer and contributing music to Season 2 of the podcast Serial.  Most recently he scored Zach Clark’s Little Sister.  He also works mixing and producing for other musicians including Nico Muhly’s scores for Kill Your Darlings and Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and the upcoming BBC series Howards End; Bryan Senti’s Lucky Life, and albums for Birdcall, My Great Ghost and Alex Weston.  He lives in New York City.

Research — Bronwen Pardes has been writing and teaching about sexuality for the last fifteen years. She currently teaches courses on human sexuality at two colleges in New York City, and is the author of Doing It Right: Making Smart, Safe, and Satisfying Choices About Sex.

 

Research — Zachary Seltzer

Photo Editor — Michael Green is a photo producer, researcher, and editor who has worked for a variety of publications including New York Magazine, Parade, and Fitness Magazine. New York based for over twenty years, his first full-time job was as a junior publicist on Eric Marcus’s book Making History (couldn’t have gay in the main title back in 1992!). Now based in Los Angeles, Michael continues to produce and research photography for Preservation Magazine and the parenting blog MommyPoppins.com.

Web Designer — Jonathan Dozier-Ezell

Audio Engineer — Anne Pope

Archival Support — The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division, with funding support from the Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations.  To access the Eric Marcus Collection guide, click here.

Archival Support — ONE Archives Foundation, the independent community-partner of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.

The Making Gay History podcast is made possible by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, which is on the front lines of social change worldwide.

Funding Support for Season One — The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world.