Queer November Remembered

Observing the 40th anniversary of the 1978 “Queer November to Remember” – from the first victory by US equality forces over an anti-LGBTQ ballot measure after a wave of defeats to the shocking assassination of one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials less than three weeks later.  By 1976, some “Gay Liberation” groups across the country had successfully promoted a few local anti-discrimination ordinances with little resistance, but then along came a former beauty queen and pop singer whose main gig at the time was pushing Florida Orange Juice …

No NewsWrap this week, but we have breaking marriage equality news from Bermuda and Taiwan!

Complete Program Summary for the week of November 26, 2018

Queer November Remembered!

Program #1,600 distributed 11/26/18
Hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon

News Bulletins: In Bermuda, the Court of Appeal has ruled to restore marriage equality, but the government still has 21 days to challenge the decision  In Taiwan referenda to deny civil marriage to same-gender couples and approve the creation of lesbian and gay civil unions, but the results cannot reverse a Constitutional Court order to establish marriage equality. (The full NewsWrap segment returns next week.)

Feature: This week we observe the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Queer November to Remember – the first victory by US equality forces over an anti-LGBTQ ballot measure after a wave of defeats … followed less than three weeks later by the shocking assassination of one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials.

Those events did not happen in a vacuum: during the first few years after the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City, hundreds of “Gay Liberation” groups formed across the US … And by 1976,some had successfully promoted local anti-discrimination ordinances with little resistance. But then along came a former beauty queen and pop singer whose main gig at the time was pushing Florida Orange Juice … as This Way Out’s GREG GORDON recalls (starring Anita Bryant, Frank Zerilli, Rev. Troy Perry, Dave Johnson, Robin Tyler, John Briggs, Harvey Milk, Keith Smith, Mary Anne Johnson, Bernadette Cormier, David Mixner, Ivy Bottini, and qaa ; featuring reporters GARY TAYLOR, JIM KEPNER, LUCIA CHAPPELLE, MIKE MANNING, ERICA SCHWARTZ, JANE CLEWE, LILLY FRANKLIN, and RITA SCHMIDT, with additional thanks to HELENE ROSENBLUTH; and music by ANITA BRYANT, ROD McKUEN, MARY WATKINS, MARGIE ADAM, BLACKBERRI, PETER YARROW, HOLLY NEAR, MEG CHRISTIAN, HARRY CHAPIN, JOAN BAEZ, and BILLY JOEL).

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