And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to Lgbt Equality
"The pioneering gay rights activist chronicles his advocacy for gay and lesbian equality with tales of his involvement with the Stonewall riots and crashing live TV broadcasts, including the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite.""
--"Publishers Weekly," Fall 2015 Announcements
"In this memoir we see the inside story of how the battle of LGBT civil rights was played and won. It is a compelling story told by someone who is at the forefront of the fight and who deserves substantial credit for its victories."
--Governor Ed Rendell
"Mark Segal's work for LGBT equality is historic and significant. The fact that he is still connecting our community is a testament to the passion which he shares in this memoir."
--Billie Jean King
"Read Mark Segal's memoir and you'll get the inside story of how and why he interrupted a live broadcast of the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite." What happened afterward will surprise you. It's one of many surprises in this must-read first-person account of LGBT history as it unfolded after Stonewall. Segal was a witness to that history, and he made some of it happen, changing our country and our lives for the better."
--Louis Wiley Jr., executive editor, "Frontline" (PBS)
"Mark Segal's approach to his considerable accomplishments is a classic example of the best in American boosterism. His optimism, zeal, and perseverance have served our community well."
--Don Michaels, former publisher of the "Washington Blade"
On December 11, 1973, Mark Segal disrupted a live broadcast of the "CBS Evening News" when he sat on the desk directly between the camera and news anchor Walter Cronkite, yelling, "Gays protest CBS prejudice!" He was wrestled to the studio floor by the stagehands on live national television, thus ending LGBT invisibility. But this one victory left many more battles to fight, and creativity was required to find a way to challenge stereotypes surrounding the LGBT community. Mark Segal's job, as he saw it, was to show the nation who gay people are: our sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers.
Because of activists like Mark Segal, whose life work is dramatically detailed in this poignant and important memoir, today there are openly LGBT people working in the White House and throughout corporate America. An entire community of gay world citizens is now finding the voice that they need to become visible.