On October 14, 1979, ten years after the Stonewall riots, more than 100,000 people from the United States and ten other countries marched on Washington, D.C. for lesbian and gay rights. Pacifica producers in Washington recorded speeches and actualities from the rally, and parts were broadcast live. This first set in the series consists of two reels that were broadcast live from the rally. These reels were previously cataloged as KZ0754.01 and KZ0754.02.
Hosts are Moira Rankin from the Sophie's Parlor Media Collective and Lucia Chappelle and Greg Gordon from the IMRU Radio Collective. Heard on the tape are: Reel 1: Eleanor Smeal, President of the National Organization for Women (NOW); Ray Hill from Houston, Texas, one of the national coordinators of the March; Robin Tyler, lesbian activist who organized the largest gay and lesbian concert; Reverend Troy Perry of the Metropolitan Community Church; Sky Rose, gay and lesbian youth organizer from San Francisco; Richard Ashworth and Adele Starr from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Amy Sands from WGBH-FM and David Wynyard from WBAI-FM interviewing the Alaska Contingent of the March; Michiyo Cornell (Fukaya) from the Lesbian and Gay Asian Collective; Bill Blish from WPFW discusses the Third World Conference; Sands and Wynyard interview Steve and CJ, two gay men from Iowa; Robin Tyler reads a telegram from Joan Baez; and Arlie Scott, Vice President of NOW. Reel 2: Robin Tyler introduces Maria Dias, representing Mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. and Steve Ault, coordinating director of the March (New York); Sands and Wynyard talk with Gwendolyn (no last name) from New York City; Mary Watkins, Black lesbian-feminist jazz musician, performs; Sands and Wynyard talk to Harry, a young gay man from Connecticut; Ed Cruikshank[sp?] of the Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf; Meg Christian, musician, performs; Sands and Wynyard talks to Sherry and Judy from Ann Arbor, Michigan; Jim Neill and Hedy Swanson[sp?] from WBFO-FM (Buffalo, NY), who attended the Anita Bryant prayer vigil; Charlotte Bunch, lesbian-feminist author; and a performance by lesbian musician Holly Near. Producer: Bill Bogan. Director: Wesley Horner. Engineers: Skip Pizzi, Eric Epstein, Eileen Griffin, and Lee Garlington. Production assistants: Alex Van Oss, Bruce Pennington, David Aiken, Joan Sprague, Jane Clewe, Hedy Swanson and John Neill, Fred Goldhammer, Art Aratin, Fred Brungard. Remote mics: David Wynyard, Amy Sands and Isaac Jackson.
This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email: americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.