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From the Archives 3: The National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights / The Gay Freedom Train (1979)

Season 1, Ep. 36

In 1979, Magnus Records released a documentary record of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and the Gay Freedom Train, created by Jok Church and Adam Ciesielski, offering the following description of the record:


This is a sound-quilt made from a total of 18 hours of recording tape. It weaves spoken word with crowd sounds with interviews and music with ambient sound. As a gift to yourself, take the phone off the hook and turn up the volume.


The featured speakers from the March on Washington are: Robin Tyler, Steve Ault, Tom Robinson, Lucia Valeska, Allen Ginsberg, Arlie Scott, Richard Ashworth, Florynce Kennedy, Mary Watkins, and Kate Millet. The Gay Freedom Train features speeches by Rev. Troy Perry and Robin Tyler.


The record also lists the "Five Demands" of the March on Washington:


  1. Pass a comprehensive lesbian/gay rights bill in Congress
  2. Issue a presidential executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in the Federal Government, the military and federally-contracted private employment
  3. Repeal all anti-lesbian/gay laws
  4. End discrimination in lesbian mother and gay father custody disputes
  5. Protect lesbian and gay youth from any laws which are used to discriminate against, oppress and/or harass them in their homes, schools, jobs and social environments

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