Julie sits down with Jay Blotcher, activist, journalist, and editor who has been acting up, showing up and speaking out for the queer community for over thirty years. He was active on the frontlines with the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in its early years, was a co-a producer of the first all queer public television program on WNYC in 1983 a founding member of Queer Nation. He is currently a publicist for the Gilbert Baker Foundation which honors the artist, activist, and visionary Gilbert Baker, who created the original rainbow pride flag.
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March 2, 1983 EPISODE 5, of OUR TIME: PARENTS
Vito Russo interviews Jay Blotcher and Amy Ashworth, with Parents of Gays (NY) precursor to PFLAG
March 3, 1983 EPISODE 4, OUR TIME: AID
Vito Russo interviews Larry Kramer, American playwright, author, film producer, public health advocate, and gay rights activist co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), and Virginia Appuzo, American gay rights and AIDS activist, former executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, (and founding president of Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center), about the public health emergency that had yet to be addressed surrounding the AIDS epidemic nationally and in New York City.