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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: 318 West 22nd Street

    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: 318 West 22nd Street

    A straight drug addict. A gay waiter on a ventilator. Eric is confronted with the reality of AIDS when he volunteers for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Decades later, he speaks with his client’s widow, for whom AIDS is a daily reality.
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    • 35 min
    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Not Alone

    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Not Alone

    Even as the epidemic spreads, a rousing AIDS fundraiser at the circus, a new boyfriend, and journalism school combine to bring joy, a sense of community, and purpose into Eric’s life.
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    • 30 min
    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Buried Headline

    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Buried Headline

    “Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals,” said the New York Times headline on July 3, 1981. It was the first time Eric Marcus read about what came to be known as AIDS. Nothing for me to worry about, he decided, and turned the page.
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    • 24 min
    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Preview

    Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Preview

    AIDS first made national news 40 years ago. MGH host Eric Marcus was 22 at the time, a gay kid in search of love and a career in New York City. In this six-part audio memoir, Eric explores his memories of the early years of the epidemic and reconnects with people whose lives intersected with his.
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    • 3 min
    Remembering Kay Lahusen

    Remembering Kay Lahusen

    In memoriam: Kay Lahusen, January 5, 1930 - May 26, 2021. Kay was a monumental figure in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. From the earliest homophile protests to gay liberation and beyond, she never stopped fighting for equality—with Barbara Gittings, her partner in life and activism, by her side.
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    • 22 min
    MGH & Studs Terkel: Meg Christian

    MGH & Studs Terkel: Meg Christian

    Olivia Records cofounder Meg Christian helped ignite the women’s music movement of the 1970s with lesbian classics like “Ode to a Gym Teacher.” Meet Meg, in song and conversation, in our final episode drawn from the Studs Terkel Radio Archive. 
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    • 28 min

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