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Storied: San Francisco

Jan 26, 2021

If you've been with us for a while, you already know Randy Burns (Part 1, Part 2). Randy is definitely a friend of the show. He introduced us to his friend, Jesus Barragan, whom we had on the show earlier this season (Part 1, Part 2).

To close out our third season, we wanted to have these two longtime friends talk about the POC gay rights movements they were each very much a part of back in the 1970s and '80s—Randy's Gay American Indians (GAI) and Jesus's Gay Latino Alliance(GALA). 

It was the fall of 1975, and at that time, no such groups existed here. What would eventually become the Pride parade was in its infancy. But these two young queer activists and their allies organized, not only making their existence known, but fighting for basic rights some might take for granted today.

In Part 1 of this two-part podcast, Randy and Jesus each share the background stories of getting their groups started. Please check back Thursday for Part 2 (and the final new episode of Season 3!), when the two friends will talk about meeting each other and working together toward equality for the POC LGBTQIA+ community.

We recorded this podcast over Zoom in January 2021.

Photography by Michelle Kilfeather