About Making Gay History

Making Gay History (MGH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses the absence of substantive, in-depth LGBTQ-inclusive American history from the public discourse and the classroom by providing a window into that history through the stories of the people who helped a despised minority take its rightful place in society as full and equal citizens. In so doing, MGH aims to encourage connection, pride, and solidarity within the LGBTQ community and to provide an entry point for both allies and the general public to its largely hidden 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

Founder & Host — Eric Marcus is the author of a dozen books, including two editions of Making Gay History (the original 1992 edition is entitled Making History), Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. Eric is also the co-producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast drawn from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. And he is the founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium. Learn more about Eric in this NBC News profile.

Founding Editor & Producer — In 2016, while listening to the Making Gay History archive, Sara Burningham wondered aloud to Eric whether it might be a podcast. Together, they’ve gone on to produce more than 60 episodes of award-winning, critically acclaimed, never-before-heard LGBTQ history. Sara is a New York-based podcast and audio documentary producer, editor, and writer.  She has made award-winning radio in London, reported on the U.S. elections as a foreign correspondent, hosted public radio in the Ozarks, and helmed the legendary 1010WINS (“You give us 22 minutes, we’ll give you the world”) as an editor in one of the fastest-paced newsrooms in the world.

Senior Producer — Nahanni Rous is the host and producer of Can We Talk?, the podcast of the Jewish Women’s Archive.  Can We Talk? explores the intersection of gender, Jewish culture, and history.  She is also the co-producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast that draws on recorded interviews from Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. Nahanni was a founding staff member of the media organization Just Vision, which highlights the grassroots efforts of Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilders and nonviolence activists. She was a producer of Just Vision’s documentary film, Encounter Point.

Co-Producer & Deputy Director  Inge De Taeye most recently worked at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where she oversaw an international program for survivors of suicide loss.  She previously worked in publishing as an editor, copyeditor, and translator. At Making Gay History, Inge collaborates with the podcast’s education partners to help shape curricula that bring LGBTQ history into public schools. Inge currently also serves as vice-chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium. She received her M.A. in English from New York University.

Sound Designer & Mix Engineer — Rae Kantrowitz is an independent producer, sound designer, and composer. She’s a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where she focused on using Pro Tools as much as possible. Her audio career started in post-production at Soundtrack Boston, where she assisted on projects like the Emmy-winning animated series Bob’s Burgers and commercials for international brands like Toyota. Rae produced, presented, and scored an audio documentary and short film in collaboration with BBC World Service and Sundance Institute in 2020 as a recipient of their fellowship for emerging audio storytellers. She loves to celebrate different sounds and in her free time she continues to do as little as possible.

Founding Co-Producer — Pineapple Street Studios is a new kind of podcast company. They produce original shows as well as shows for partners including the New York Times, Lena Dunham and Lenny, and Wieden+Kennedy.

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.

Digital Strategist — Will Coley is an independent radio producer and digital media strategist, originally from North Carolina, now based in Queens, New York. 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.

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 20 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.

Archival Researcher — Brian Ferree is an archival researcher of gender and sexuality and a student of queer history at Hunter College. Most recently, he was the research assistant for When Brooklyn Was Queer, by Hugh Ryan, and the exhibition “Violet Holdings: LGBTQ+ Highlights from the NYU Special Collections.” He is also a long-term volunteer with the LGBT Center Archive in New York City. 

Web Designer — Jonathan Dozier-Ezell

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, is the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world.

Funding — Making Gay History is made possible with generous funding from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, which supports investigative journalism, the arts, and documentary film

Funding — The Calamus Foundation awards grants to charitable organizations for programs and activities that focus on services to the LGBT community that promote and support its formation, growth, identity, general well-being, and social and legal rights, as well as programs and activities that focus on care and support services to individuals with HIV/AIDS.

The Calamus Foundation is a lead supporter of MGH’s Season 9, “Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis.”

FundingBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women, and children receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling, and emergency financial assistance. They are one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 they have raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.

BC/EFA is a lead supporter of MGH’s Season 9, “Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis.”

Funding — The Kipper Family Foundation is a lead supporter of MGH’s Season 9, “Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis.”

Funding — Making Gay History’s second and third seasons wermade possible through grants and funding support from the Ford Foundation, which is on the front lines of social change worldwide.

FundingThe Arcus Foundation, which funded the launch of Making Gay History’s first season, is dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world.

Sponsor — Christopher Street Financial has been helping members of the LGBTQ+ community to make their important life and wealth decisions since 1981. Thanks to CSF’s support we were able to produce a special series of “minisodes” to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

 

Sponsor — Netflix is a streaming service that allows viewers to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more on thousands of internet-connected devices.  Netflix supported the production of the first episode in MGH’s special Stonewall 50 season.

 

Sponsor — Con Edison provides energy for the 10 million people who live in New York City and Westchester County. Con Edison supported the production of our Damien Martin episode in honor of the Hetrick-Martin Institute’s 40th anniversary and has provided additional funding to support Making Gay History’s education work with History UnErased and the New York City Department of Education.

Board of Directors

Sydney Baloue — Journalist; TV Writer; Co-Executive Producer of HBO Max’s Legendary; Ballroom Culture Archivist and Historian

Louis Bradbury — President, Calamus Foundation

Mary Cadagin — Retired Chief Information Officer, Open Society Foundations

Cheryl Furjanic — Filmmaker (Back on Board: Greg Louganis; Stonewall: The Making of a Monument);
 Documentary Production Instructor, New York University

Jennifer Hatch — President, Christopher Street Financial

Jamila Humphrie — Ph.D., Educational Leadership, New York University; Partnership Director, Equal Opportunity Schools

Kevin Jennings — CEO, Lambda Legal

Lauraberth Lima — Cultural Consultant; Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, New York University

Ken Lustbader — Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Richard Morales — Manager of Community Partnerships, NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Barbara Raab — Senior Program Adviser, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation; Senior Producer of Podcasts, NBC News

H.L. Ray — Former Head of Partnerships and Programming, Samsung Electronics America; Board Member, Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative; Adviser, Gaingels Syndicate

Benjamin Riskin — Principal, Room Tone LLC

June Thomas — Senior Managing Producer, Slate Podcasts

Jenna Weiss-Berman — Co-Founder, Pineapple Street Studios