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Making Gay History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings LGBTQ history to life through the voices of the people who lived it — creating podcasts and documentaries, sourcing and licensing archival materials, producing events, and developing LGBTQ-inclusive educational resources.

About Making Gay History

Making Gay History is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that addresses the absence of substantive, in-depth LGBTQ-inclusive American history from the public discourse and the classroom by providing a window into that history through the stories of the people who helped a despised minority take its rightful place in society as full and equal citizens.
In so doing, we aim to encourage connection, pride, and solidarity within the LGBTQ community and to provide an entry point for both allies and the general public to its largely hidden history.

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Eric Marcus is executive director of Making Gay History and founder and host of the Making Gay History podcast. He is the author of a dozen books, including two editions of Making Gay History (the original 1992 edition is entitled Making History), Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. Eric is also the co-producer of Those Who Were There, a podcast drawn from the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. And he is the founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium. Learn more about Eric in this NBC News profile.

Board of Directors

Sydney Baloue Headshot
Sydney Baloue -

Journalist; TV Writer; Co-Executive Producer of HBO Max’s Legendary; Ballroom Culture Archivist and Historian

Louis Bradbury Headshot
Louis Bradbury -

President, Calamus Foundation

Mary Cadagin Headshot
Mary Cadagin -

Retired Chief Information Officer, Open Society Foundations

Cheryl Furjanic Headshot
Cheryl Furjanic -

Filmmaker (Back on Board: Greg Louganis; Stonewall: The Making of a Monument); Documentary Production Instructor, New York University

Jennifer Hatch Headshot
Jennifer Hatch -

President, Christopher Street Financial

Kevin Jennings Headshot
Kevin Jennings -

CEO, Lambda Legal

Lauraberth Lima Headshot
Lauraberth Lima -

Cultural Consultant; Visiting Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, New York University

Ken Lustbader Headshot
Ken Lustbader -

Co-Director, NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project

Richard Morales Headshot
Richard Morales -

Manager of Community Partnerships, NYC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

Barbara Raab Headshot
Barbara Raab -

Senior Program Adviser, Jonathan Logan Family Foundation; Senior Producer of Podcasts, NBC News

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H.L. Ray -

Former Head of Partnerships and Programming, Samsung Electronics America; Board Member, Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative; Adviser, Gaingels Syndicate

Benjamin Riskin Headshot
Benjamin Riskin -

Principal, Room Tone LLC

Lee Schere Headshot
Lee Schere -

Director of Teaching and Learning, CUNY K-16 Initiatives

Jamila Silver Headshot
Jamila Silver -

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, New York University; Partnership Director, Equal Opportunity Schools

June Thomas Headshot
June Thomas -

Producer of Outward and Co-Host of Working, Slate Podcasts; Author of Forthcoming Cultural History Where Are All the Lesbians? (Seal Press)

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Jenna Weiss-Berman -

Co-Founder, Pineapple Street Studios