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Mark Segal

Mark Allan Segal (b. 1951[1]) is a gay activist.[2] He is the president of the National Gay Newspaper Guild.[3] He is sometimes called as "the dean of gay American journalism".[4]

In 1972, after being thrown out of dance competition for dancing with a male lover, Segal crashed the evening news broadcast of WPVI-TV, an act that became known as a "zap" and that he helped popularize. He repeated the action during many other television broadcasts.[5]

He is the founder of Gay Raiders, a Philadelphia based activism group, and the Philadelphia Gay News.[6] In 1975 he went on a hunger strike on behalf of the passage of a law to guarantee equal rights for homosexuals.[7] In 1988 he had a televised debate with a Philadelphia city councilman, Francis Rafferty, about Gay Pride Month.[8]

He was a friend of Barbara Gittings.[9]

External links


  1. ^ "Mark Segal and his Famous TV Zaps". GayRVA, 10/8/2010.
  2. ^ "Mark Segal, The Gay Raiders And Walter Cronkite: That’s The Way It Was".
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  4. ^ William Bender. "Phila. Gay News articles examine homosexuality in U.S. history". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/13/2011.
  5. ^ Edward Alwood. "Walter Cronkite and the Gay Rights Movement". Washington Post, 7/26/2009.
  6. ^ Thom Nickels (2002). "Gay and lesbian Philadelphia". Great Britain: Arcadia Publishing.
  7. ^ "Gay Activist Goes on Hunger Strike". Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 12/1/1975.
  8. ^ "On TC, Rafferty and Segal debate gay pride month". Philadelphia Daily News, 7/7/1988.
  9. ^ Adam Satariano. "Barbara Gittings, Pioneer Gay Activist, Dies of Cancer at 75". Bloomberg, 2/19/2007.
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