Before the existence of national LGBTQ media, there was Mark Segal.
Segal founded the Philadelphia Gay News – Believes to be one of the oldest of its kind, an LGBTQ weekly – in 1976long before most people even knew homosexuals, even less interested in LGBTQ media. The Stonewall riots, which launched the gay rights movement, had taken place six years earlier. Segal created the publication in the hope of improving communication both within the LGBTQ community and outside.
Over time, Segal's paper has grown in importance and importance. Segal believed in real practice, serious journalism, covering communities traditionally ignored by the mainstream media. Hillary Clinton She wrote an editorial in the publication in 2016, for the first time that a large presidential candidate wrote an editorial for an LGBTQ newspaper. Philadelphia Gay News always exists, providing added value at a time when the average LGBTQ person can sometimes feel as if state of decline.
Segal did more than just find a weekly. He was at Stonewall riots. He was known LGBTQ activist as early as 1972, when he was thrown out of a TV dance contest to dance with a male partner. After this show, Segal began to crush the series of other television programs, or to "zap" them, as I called it. In 1973, Segal jumped ahead of Walter Cronkite, the legendary presenter of the news, with a sign saying "Gays Protest CBS Prejudice".
Later, Cronkite made arrangements for Segal to meet the top management of the CSB and discuss ways to improve their gay coverage. A year later, Cronkite produced a complete segment on gay rights.
Segal founded The National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild, which serve LGBTQ journalists and LGBTQ newspapers, have been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists.
Mashable has been talking to the media pioneer about his accomplishments and his confidence in the future.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
- 1 Mashable: Tell me your activist story. Which are the moments you were most proud of?
- 2 Mashable: What are the issues that concern you most as LGBTQ activists? How has the political climate affected LGBTQ activism?
- 3 Mashable: How did Stonewall impact you personally?
- 4 Mashable: As we celebrate Stonewall's 50th anniversary, how did you see LGBTQ media grow, decline and grow again?
- 5 Mashable: Tell me about all the projects you are currently working on.
- 6 Mashable: What are your hopes as an activist and thinker?
Mashable: Tell me your activist story. Which are the moments you were most proud of?
Mark Segal: The obvious answer is to be a participant in Stonewall, but it was the beginning of my life as a "gay activist". At that time it did not exist, nor a salary that went with it. You did it by passion. Although many would like to make (Stonewall) my legacy, personally, my campaign against the media to end the invisibility of LGBTs is high on the list. I think this has been a theme in my life.
I was among those who founded the Gay Liberation Front from the ashes of Stonewall (Editor's Note: The Gay Liberation Front was formed as a group of homosexual activists who organized marches, formed awareness groups and published a newspaper following the Stonewall riots). I created a committee of young homosexuals to deal with the issues facing LGBT youth, including a 24-hour hotline in 1970.
Mashable: What are the issues that concern you most as LGBTQ activists? How has the political climate affected LGBTQ activism?
MS: Andy Warhol said everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. Social media has only 15 tweets, or likes. With the Trump administration trying to reduce the gains made by our community, especially with trans questionsit's time to not just scream. We must act.
And as we did at Stonewall and what TAKE ACTION made for AIDS (Editor's note: ACT UP is an organization created in response to the AIDS crisis that prompted the medical community and government to respond.), we must start again. We need to be creative in responding to bigots, bullies and bad guys. We should be united with other communities. This battle does not only concern LGBT people, it concerns the race, it concerns women's rights, immigration rights. Social justice is not just about a cause.
Mashable: How did Stonewall impact you personally?
MS: It taught me how to fight back and end invisibility for our community – lessons I learned Philadelphia Gay News award-winning LGBT media. We believe in news and impactful comments.
Mashable: As we celebrate Stonewall's 50th anniversary, how did you see LGBTQ media grow, decline and grow again?
MS: Until 1967, LGBT media were scarce, mainly newsletters of small "gay rights" organizations. Then in 1967, a raid on a gay bar called The Black Cat in L.A. leads to the discovery of L & # 39; lawyer, the first major national LGBT news publication (Editor's Note: Activists founded The Advocate after the raid inspired the wave of organizing). The majority of LGBT media are born of local activism.
I now hope that LGBT journalism will become more local, local, local … You can get news and national information on thousands of websites on the web. We need original stories that we have and can not be found elsewhere.
Mashable: Tell me about all the projects you are currently working on.
MS: For an old man, too.
Mashable: What are your hopes as an activist and thinker?
MS: To help my community learn that she has to see things big, have a great vision and not be afraid to get in front of people for that to happen. This is the spirit of Stonewall.
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