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Discussing homosexuality and American society and interviewing members of the Mattachine Midwest organization: Jim Bradford, Valerie Taylor (pen name of Velma N. Tate, 1913-1997), and Henry Weimhoff.
Discussing gays in the military with Director of Veterans Affairs for the City of Chicago Jim Balcer, Illinois State Representative Larry McKeon and Joey McDonald.
Discussing the book "Making Gay History: The Struggle For Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990: An Oral History" (published by Harper Collins) with the author, journalist Eric Marcus.
Edmund White talks about his book "States of Desire: Travels in Gay America," published in 1980.
Although the title of the group specifies gays lesbians are also included in this heartfelt, 1982, discussion with four parents who are active in Parents and Friends of Gays and how this group offers support to parents and children coming out. Discussions cross race and class boundaries on coming out and include issues of repercussions, acceptance, guilt, stigma, and how trust and love can offer a bridge to a larger understanding of sexual identity. Learn of the courage, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance required of both parents and children in the process of coming out.
Program includes an excerpt of a discussion with Shilts about his book "And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic."
Quentin Crisp, author of many works about gays in Britain and the United States and, notably, about "coming out" as gay in England in the 1930s, discusses homosexuality and his experiences.
Interviewing Len Matlovich, formerly a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, about the status of gay men in the armed forces and his expulsion from the Air Force after he publicly stated that he was gay.
Jill Johnston speaks about her book 'Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution', published in 1973. Johnston describes her political definition of lesbianism as self-commitment, and how her writings fits into the feminism on the whole.
Cleve Jones talks about the AIDS quilt (NAMES project) that he started, the politics surrounding treating AIDS, and the compassionate feelings that the quilt engenders (compared to American barn raisings). There is a postscript with Mike Savage from Dignity Chicago, a lesbian and gay Catholic organization.