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 the vital 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.

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Social Media Strategist — Will Coley

Composer — Fritz Myers

Audio Engineer — Anne Pope


Web Designer — Jonathan Dozier-Ezell

Research — Bronwen Pardes

Research — Zachary Seltzer

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.