Magazine article Tablet Magazine

At 19 He Helped Make History at Stonewall and He's Still Making News Today

Magazine article Tablet Magazine

At 19 He Helped Make History at Stonewall and He's Still Making News Today

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Mark Segal was 18 years old on the night of June 28th, 1969, when he entered the Stonewall Inn. On the night of the historic Stonewall riots Segal had been living in New York for just six weeks, but he had already become immersed in the elusive Greenwich Village gay night scene. Raised by the only Jewish family in south Philadelphia's Wilson Park housing project, Segal was no stranger to being an outsider. He told his parents he was leaving Philly to go to school in New York. In truth, he'd left to find a gay community. It was from watching an episode of The David Susskind Show years earlier that he'd learned gay people existed in New York when he knew that was where he belonged.

Segal would go on to organize some of the earliest American LGBT organizations, help plan the first Pride March in 1970, found the longest running LGBT weekly newspaper, the Philadelphia Gay News, and become one of the most important figures in the alternative gay press. …

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