28 - Eric Marcus, author, journalist, producer

In Episode 28, we talk to Eric Marcus (he/him) about his work as an author, journalist, and creator of the Making Gay History Podcast. Eric shares some of his more memorable recordings, his own personal struggles, as well as some of the books he's currently reading. *Content Warning for topics of suicide and AIDS.

Episode air date: April 7, 2021

Episode length: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Episode Link: https://rainbowpridecast.podbean.com/e/episode-28-eric-marcus-author-journalist-and-creator-of-the-making-gay-history-podcast/

"The book was called Making History. We didn't put the word "gay" in until 10 years later because there was some concern about the sales force - their comfort in selling something with "gay" in the title and whether bookstores would shelve the book face out if it had the word "gay" in the title. Ten years later, the world had changed a lot when I did the second edition." - Eric Marcus (he/him)

Learn more by clicking on the links/checking out the books listed below.

If you wish to receive permission to perform the Making Gay History Play at your school/university, please visit: https://makinggayhistory.com/the-play/

Read more by Eric Marcus:

Breaking the Surface by Greg Louganis with Eric Marcus

Coming Out to Play by Robbie Rogers with Eric Marcus

Icebreaker: The Autobiography of Rudy Galindo by Rudy Galindo with Eric Marcus

Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights by Eric Marcus

Read books mentioned by Eric Marcus in this episode:

Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

Listen to podcasts produced by Eric Marcus:

Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust

The Making Gay History Podcast

Curriculum Resources:

History Unerased

Other resources about what Eric talks about in this episode:

The Lavender Scare Documentary

Stonewall National Monument

The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project


Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Project Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline please call – 1-800-273-8255

Resources for coping with suicide loss:

Eric Marcus's Why Suicide? Q&A book:


What to do in the immediate aftermath of a suicide:


After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools


To request a visit or conversation with a trained volunteer who has also experienced a suicide loss


Support groups for suicide loss survivors


Documentaries on the experience of suicide loss


International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day


Children, Teens, and Suicide Loss Handbook


Talking to children about a suicide loss


Documentary film on how to support children through a suicide loss


Online Support Organization

Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors