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Lillian Faderman

Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian and LGBT history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. The New York Times has named three of her books on its list of Notable Books of the Year: "Surpassing the Love of Men," "Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers" and, most recently, "The Gay Revolution." Her work has been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, Czech, and Slovenian. Among other honors, she has received six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship, including Yale University's James Brudner Award, the Monette/Horwitz Award, the Publishing Triangle Award, the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Culture Hero Award, and the American Association of University Women's Distinguished Senior Scholar Award.

Eric Marcus

Eric Marcus is the creator and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which brings to life the voices of champions, heroes, and witnesses to LGBTQ history.  He is the author of a dozen books, including Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian & Gay Equal Rights; Why Suicide?; and Is It A Choice?  He is also co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.  

Eric is a former associate producer for ABC television’s “Good Morning America” and CBS Morning News.  He also served as associate producer for “Stonewall Uprising,” a PBS “American Experience” documentary, and was supervising producer for two documentaries on the experience of suicide loss.  Eric is a graduate of Vassar College and earned his master’s degrees from Columbia University in journalism and real estate development.