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GLBT History Museum: Podcasting LGBTQ History, Part I

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

With the advent of more digital media than ever before, people are finding new ways to learn about LGBTQ history and culture, including the podcast. In the last several years, there has been an explosion in the number of queer voices in podcasting, a powerful tool and medium for teaching LGBTQ history in accessible, intimate way. In the first of a two-part conversation, prominent queer podcasters whose shows cover the broad spectrum of LGBTQ history will share their experiences, perspectives and tips on how queer history can be shared beyond the classroom through podcasts that potentially reach a global audience.

Rick Oculto (moderator, he/him) is the education director at Our Family Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving LGBTQ families with children. In his role he has provided professional and personal development workshops for thousands of education professionals and families nationwide. A nonprofit professional with over 15 years of experience, Rick started the first transgender youth group in the Bay Area, was a lead organizer in the FAIR Education Act Implementation Coalition and has provided consultation for foreign ambassadors wanting to learn promising practices for improving the lives of LGBTQ people in their home countries.

Jason Best (they/them) Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia Jason is a marketing professional and podcaster with “Queer as Fact.” They have a B.A. from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree in advertising from RMIT, where they completed a thesis on the response of American YouTubers to the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Eric Marcus (he/him) is the founder and host of the award-winning “Making Gay History” podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews—conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil-rights movement—to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes and witnesses to history. His other books include “Is It a Choice?”, “Why Suicide?”, and “Breaking the Surface,” the #1 “New York Times” bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Alice McInnes (she/her) is a co-host of the queer history podcast “Queer as Fact,” and a public librarian with a focus on the local history of Melbourne, Australia. She has curated several queer exhibitions with communities in Melbourne, and recently written her master’s thesis on queer representation in museums.

Leigh Pfeffer (they/them) has held a variety of roles in nonprofits and museums, from program and events coordination to visitor services. Leigh manages the GLBT Historical Society’s museum operations, public programs and volunteers. Before joining the GLBT Historical Society, they worked for the Exploratorium and managed a volunteer speakers panel program and operations at the Diversity Center in Santa Cruz. In their spare time, Leigh produces and hosts the podcast “History is Gay.”

This event will take place online. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a link and instructions on how to join the Zoom webinar as an attendee. The event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GLBTHistory/ and then archived on our YouTube page at https://bit.ly/2UyGVbG.

Free | Suggested donation of $5.00
Register online here: https://bit.ly/2FyV0Rn
The event is limited to 500 attendees.

ASL interpretation provided upon request. Please write at least three days in advance of event to leigh@glbthistory.org.

Become a member of the GLBT Historical Society for free museum and program admission, discounts in the museum shop and other perks: www.glbthistory.org/memberships.

Image credit: Logo artwork for “Making Gay History,” “History is Gay,” and Queer as Fact” used with permission.


October 7
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States
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