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Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive

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Rank #98 in History category

Society & Culture
Personal Journals
History
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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

iTunes Ratings

769 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
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21

So wonderful

By Stacelonious - Oct 24 2019
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Great work here. Always lovely to hear. Such a treasure. Thanks so much for doing this work

Woneerful podcast.

By Light worker 73 - Aug 08 2019
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I have a brother whose married. Keep it up.

iTunes Ratings

769 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
19
10
7
21

So wonderful

By Stacelonious - Oct 24 2019
Read more
Great work here. Always lovely to hear. Such a treasure. Thanks so much for doing this work

Woneerful podcast.

By Light worker 73 - Aug 08 2019
Read more
I have a brother whose married. Keep it up.
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Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive

Latest release on Jun 18, 2020

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

Rank #1: Stonewall 50: Episode 1: Prelude to a Riot

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Conflict has context. In the first episode of Making Gay History’s Stonewall 50 season, we hear stories from the pre-Stonewall struggle for LGBTQ rights. We travel back in time to hear voices from the turbulent 1960s and take you to the tinderbox that was Greenwich Village on the eve of an uprising.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Jun 06 2019

37mins

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Rank #2: Season 3: Episode 3: Ellen DeGeneres

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Everybody loves Ellen. But that wasn’t always so. When she came out on screen and in real life the backlash was fierce and her future cast in doubt. In this 2001 interview, hear a beloved icon at a crossroads.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 02 2017

26mins

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Rank #3: Season 1: Episode 1: Sylvia Rivera

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A never before heard conversation with trans icon, self-described “drag queen,” and Stonewall uprising veteran Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia relives that June 1969 night in vivid detail and describes her struggle for recognition in the movement.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 13 2016

13mins

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Rank #4: Stonewall 50: Episode 2: ”Everything Clicked… And The Riot Was On”

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The Stonewall uprising began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. Revisit that moment, and the hours and days that followed, with voices from the Making Gay History archive. Relive in vivid detail the dawning of a new chapter in the fight for LGBTQ rights.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Jun 13 2019

34mins

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Rank #5: Season 6: Episode 1: Ruth Simpson

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There’s a war on out there. That was Ruth Simpson’s Stonewall takeaway—and she was ready to fight. But when Ruth pushed the NY chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis to be more political, the FBI and the police took note.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 24 2019

26mins

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Rank #6: Season 3: Episode 6: Larry Kramer

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In 1981 Larry Kramer sounded an alarm almost no one wanted to hear. Gay men were dying from a mysterious disease and the only way to stop its spread was to stop having sex. The outspoken activist went on to co-found GMHC and ACT UP, two of the leading organizations in the fight against AIDS.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 23 2017

23mins

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Rank #7: Season 1: Episode 2: Wendell Sayers

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You’ve never heard of Wendell Sayers, but once you hear his story, you’ll never forget him. Born in Western Kansas in 1904, Wendell was the first black lawyer to work for Colorado’s Attorney General, and risked everything to join a gay discussion group.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 20 2016

15mins

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Rank #8: Revisiting the Archive: Episode 1: Frank Kameny

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In 1957, Frank Kameny was fired from his job at the U.S. Army Map Service for being gay. He went on to fight the federal government for 14 years and never lost his resolve. And he won! Inspiration for us all in these challenging times.

Visit our Season One episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 21 2020

17mins

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Rank #9: Season 6: Episode 4: Nancy Walker

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In 1976 Nancy Walker joined the Gay Community News, an influential Boston-based weekly paper. She was in her 40s, an outspoken New Yorker, and a moderate pragmatist. Not surprisingly, Nancy and the younger, more radical GCN staff often locked horns...

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 05 2019

26mins

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Rank #10: Stonewall 50: Episode 3: "Say it Loud! Gay and Proud!"

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Like so many other acts of queer resistance, the 1969 Stonewall riots could have become a footnote in history. But the protests and organizing that followed launched a new phase in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Hear how queer anger found its voice and how joy propelled the first pride marches.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Jun 20 2019

40mins

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Rank #11: Season 6: Episode 5: Damien Martin

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Damien Martin grew up in foster care and on the streets of Philadelphia, so he knew all too well about the needs of vulnerable youth. In 1979, when he and his partner, Dr. Emery Hetrick, heard about a 15-year-old gay kid thrown out of a shelter after being gang-raped, they decided to take action.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 19 2019

32mins

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Rank #12: Bonus: From the Vault: Sylvia Rivera & Marsha P. Johnson, 1970

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In 1970, a young radio reporter recorded an interview with Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, and other members of the newly formed Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries—STAR. Nearly 50 years later, MGH unearthed their remarkable conversation in a basement archive. 

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 27 2019

22mins

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Rank #13: Season 1: Episode 3: Edythe Eyde aka Lisa Ben

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In 1947, Hollywood secretary Edythe Eyde, aka Lisa Ben, had the audacity to publish “Vice Versa,” the first ever “magazine” for lesbians. Even more audacious, she imagined a future gay utopia that has all come to pass. In the '50s, Edythe sang gay parodies of popular songs in LA gay clubs.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 27 2016

15mins

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Rank #14: Season 4: Episode 8: Bayard Rustin

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Bayard Rustin was a champion of the black civil rights movement—mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. But because he was gay and out, he faced bigotry inside and outside the movement. The FBI and Sen. Strom Thurmond tried to destroy him. But he persisted.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Jan 10 2019

34mins

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Rank #15: Season 2: Episode 1: Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker

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Meet Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker—two very different heroes of the early LGBT civil rights movement. Marsha was a Street Transvestite Action Revolutionary. Randy led the first gay demonstration in 1964 in coat and tie.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 02 2017

17mins

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Rank #16: Season 2: Episode 11: Tom Cassidy

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CNN business anchor Tom Cassidy kept his “private life” strictly separate from his public life. Three decades ago he had to. But then he was diagnosed with AIDS.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

May 04 2017

23mins

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Rank #17: Season 6: Episode 2: Vernon E. "Copy" Berg III

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In 1975, long before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Navy asked, and Officer Copy Berg told: “Yes, I am gay.” When Copy chose to challenge the military’s ban on homosexuals, the Pentagon fought back with all guns blazing. 

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 07 2019

26mins

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Rank #18: Season 6: Episode 3: Barbara Smith

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For nearly half a century, Barbara Smith has been speaking truth to power—as a woman against misogyny, as an African American against racism, as a lesbian against homophobia, and as a black lesbian against those in the gay rights movement who sideline the concerns of LGBTQ people of color. 

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 21 2019

23mins

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Rank #19: Season 1: Episode 10: Vito Russo

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Vito Russo loved movies, but he looked behind the silver screen and saw how Hollywood was sending a message that LGBTQ people were less-than-human. He decided that that had to change. He wrote a book, co-founded GLAAD, and when his life was on the line, was one of the people who founded ACT UP.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 15 2016

21mins

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Rank #20: Bonus: Love Is Love

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The right to love and be loved for who we are has always been a driving force in the fight for LGBT civil rights. Eric shares four special love stories from his archive featuring activists who helped change the course of history.

First aired February 14, 2017. 

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Feb 14 2018

11mins

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Season 1: Preview

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The Making Gay History podcast mines Eric Marcus’s decades-old audio archive of rare interviews to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history. Here’s a taste of what’s to come in Season One.

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Oct 05 2016

4mins

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Season 1: Episode 1: Sylvia Rivera

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A never before heard conversation with trans icon, self-described “drag queen,” and Stonewall uprising veteran Sylvia Rivera. Sylvia relives that June 1969 night in vivid detail and describes her struggle for recognition in the movement.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 13 2016

13mins

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Season 1: Episode 2: Wendell Sayers

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You’ve never heard of Wendell Sayers, but once you hear his story, you’ll never forget him. Born in Western Kansas in 1904, Wendell was the first black lawyer to work for Colorado’s Attorney General, and risked everything to join a gay discussion group.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 20 2016

15mins

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Season 1: Episode 3: Edythe Eyde aka Lisa Ben

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In 1947, Hollywood secretary Edythe Eyde, aka Lisa Ben, had the audacity to publish “Vice Versa,” the first ever “magazine” for lesbians. Even more audacious, she imagined a future gay utopia that has all come to pass. In the '50s, Edythe sang gay parodies of popular songs in LA gay clubs.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Oct 27 2016

15mins

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Season 1: Episode 4: Dr. Evelyn Hooker

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In 1945 Dr. Evelyn Hooker’s gay friend Sam From urged her to do a study challenging the commonly held belief that homosexuals were by nature mentally ill. It was work that would ultimately strip the “sickness” label from millions of gay men and women and change the course of history.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 03 2016

17mins

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Season 1: Episode 5: Frank Kameny

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Frank Kameny fought for what was right. And he never gave up. Lessons for us all.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 10 2016

19mins

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Season 1: Episode 6: Jeanne and Morty Manford

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When Jeanne Manford’s gay son was badly beaten at a protest in 1972, she took action and founded an organization for parents of gays known today as PFLAG.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 17 2016

18mins

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Season 1: Episode 7: Chuck Rowland

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A WWII veteran turns theory into action, co-founding one of the first LGBT rights groups, the Mattachine Society, in 1950—a time when gay people were considered sick, sinful, criminal, and a threat to national security.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Nov 23 2016

18mins

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Season 1: Episode 8: Dear Abby

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A generation ago, tens of millions of people turned to "Dear Abby” in her daily newspaper column for advice. Long before others did, and at considerable risk, she used her platform and celebrity in support of gay people and their equal rights.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 01 2016

15mins

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Season 1: Episode 9: Barbara Gittings and Kay "Tobin" Lahusen

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Self-described gay rights fanatics and life partners Barbara Gittings and Kay “Tobin” Lahusen helped supercharge the nascent movement in the 1960s and brought their creativity, passion, determination, and good humor to the Gay Liberation 1970s, leaving behind an inspiring legacy of dramatic change.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 08 2016

21mins

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Season 1: Episode 10: Vito Russo

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Vito Russo loved movies, but he looked behind the silver screen and saw how Hollywood was sending a message that LGBTQ people were less-than-human. He decided that that had to change. He wrote a book, co-founded GLAAD, and when his life was on the line, was one of the people who founded ACT UP.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Dec 15 2016

21mins

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Bonus: Love Is Love

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The right to love and be loved for who we are has always been a driving force in the fight for LGBT civil rights. Eric shares four special love stories from his archive featuring activists who helped change the course of history. Happy Valentine's Day!

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Feb 14 2017

11mins

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Season 2: Preview

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Making Gay History mines Eric Marcus’s 30-year-old audio archive of rare interviews to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to LGBTQ history. In this preview we offer a taste of what’s to come in Season Two, featuring the extraordinary voices of Shirley Willer, Hal Call, Barbara Gittings, Jean O’Leary, Morris Foote, and Randy Wicker and Marsha P. Johnson. 

Feb 23 2017

4mins

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Season 2: Episode 1: Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker

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Meet Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker—two very different heroes of the early LGBT civil rights movement. Marsha was a Street Transvestite Action Revolutionary. Randy led the first gay demonstration in 1964 in coat and tie.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 02 2017

17mins

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Season 2: Episode 2: Shirley Willer

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Shirley Willer had good reason to be angry—she was beaten by the police and a dear friend was allowed to die. Because they were gay. She channeled that anger into action, traveling the country in the 1960s to launch new chapters of gay rights organizations.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 09 2017

18mins

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Season 2: Episode 3: Hal Call

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Hal Call never minced words. The midwestern newspaperman and WWII vet wrested control of the Mattachine Society from its founders and went on to fight police oppression and champion sexual freedom. He also made more than a few enemies along the way.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 16 2017

21mins

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Season 2: Episode 4: Jean O'Leary - Part 1

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Jean O’Leary was passionate—about women, nuns, feminism, and equal rights. She left an indelible mark on the women’s movement and the LGBTQ civil rights movement, but not without causing controversy, too. After all, she was a troublemaker. And proud of it.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 23 2017

18mins

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Season 2: Episode 5: Jean O'Leary - Part 2

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Jean O’Leary had a vision for the national LGBTQ civil rights movement. On March 26, 1977 she led the first delegation of lesbian and gay activists to the White House. And in 1988 she co-founded National Coming Out Day.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 26 2017

15mins

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Season 2: Episode 6: Morris Foote

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On November 2, 1955, when 30-year-old Morris read on the front page of Boise's newspaper, the Idaho Statesman, that the police were rounding up and arresting gay men, he did the only thing he could think of. He ran. He didn't feel safe setting foot in Boise for the next 20 years.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Mar 30 2017

17mins

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Season 2: Episode 7: Herb Selwyn

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Herb Selwyn never hesitated to stick his neck out for others. That included gay people at a time when other straight attorneys cashed in on the persecution of homosexuals and gay attorneys were too frightened to represent a despised minority.

Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources.

Apr 06 2017

22mins

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iTunes Ratings

769 Ratings
Average Ratings
712
19
10
7
21

So wonderful

By Stacelonious - Oct 24 2019
Read more
Great work here. Always lovely to hear. Such a treasure. Thanks so much for doing this work

Woneerful podcast.

By Light worker 73 - Aug 08 2019
Read more
I have a brother whose married. Keep it up.