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A gay-rights pioneer shares his stories, from Stonewall to dancing with his husband at the White House, in a memoir full of "funny anecdotes and heart" (Publishers Weekly).

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. Mark Segal's job, as he saw it, was to show the nation who gay people are: our sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers.

This is a memoir of one man's role in modern LGBT history, from being on the scene of the Stonewall riots, to getting kicked off a 1970s TV show for dancing with another man—and then, decades later, dancing with his husband at a White House event for Gay Pride.

"[Segal] vividly describes his firsthand experience as a teenager inside the Stonewall bar during the historic riots, his participation with the Gay Liberation Front, and amusing encounters with Elton John and Patti LaBelle....A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement's true pioneers."—Kirkus Reviews

"The stories are interesting, unexpected, and witty."—Library Journal

"Much this book focuses on his work, but the more telling pages are filled with love gained and lost, raising other people's children, finding himself, and aging in the gay community. A must-read."—The Advocate
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        Mark Segal has established a reputation as the dean of American gay journalism over the past five decades. From the Stonewall demonstrations in 1969 to founding the Philadelphia Gay News in 1975, along with his more recent forays into TV and politics, his proven commitment as a tireless LGBT advocate has made him a force to be reckoned with. Respected by his peers for pioneering the idea of local LGBT newspapers, he is one of the founders and former president of both the National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild. Segal was recently inducted into the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association's Hall of Fame and was appointed a member of the Comcast/NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Board, where he advises the entertainment giant on LGBT issues. He is also president of the dmhFund, though which he builds affordable LGBT-friendly housing for seniors. He lives in Philadelphia.

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A gay-rights pioneer shares his stories, from Stonewall to dancing with his husband at the White House, in a memoir full of "funny anecdotes and heart" (Publishers Weekly).

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This is a memoir of one man's role in modern LGBT history, from being on the scene of the Stonewall riots, to getting kicked off a 1970s TV show for dancing with another man—and then, decades later, dancing with his husband at a White House event for Gay Pride.

"[Segal] vividly describes his firsthand experience as a teenager inside the Stonewall bar during the historic riots, his participation with the Gay Liberation Front, and amusing encounters with Elton John and Patti LaBelle....A jovial yet passionately delivered self-portrait inspiring awareness about LGBT history from one of the movement's true pioneers."—Kirkus Reviews

"The stories are interesting, unexpected, and witty."—Library Journal

"Much this book focuses on his work, but the more telling pages are filled with love gained and lost, raising other people's children, finding himself, and aging in the gay community. A must-read."—The Advocate
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      • source: Friends Journal
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        “Segal's book has been described as part autobiography, part history lesson. He grounds the history with a moving glimpse into the lives of his struggling but dignified, and, in their own modest way, heroic parents. The historical sections recount Segal's clever interventions to save America from its addiction to hate, and to empower straight and gay allies who were ready and eager to help but were just waiting for an opening . . . Time and again, Segal found a way to provide that opening in the vast wall of silence."

      • premium: False
      • source: Philadelphia Jewish Voice
      • content: "Fascinating and instructive . . . And Then I Danced is a flowing read across decades of incidents and strategies leading to today's remarkable degree of GBLTQ inclusion . . . Mark Segal takes “Yes we can!" to the level of “Yes we did!""
      • premium: False
      • source: Washington Blade
      • content: "With gentle humor and the slightest touch of sardonicism, Segal writes further about people he's known, his newspaper and a different kind of activism. That in-the-trenches stuff is great to read, partly because his narrative is indicative of the times in which it all happened....Segal lets readers into his personal life: his loves, losses, and (spoiler alert!) a very happy ending. Drama seems to follow me, he writes, and readers will be glad for it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Queerty
      • content: "Mark Segal made national news on December 11, 1973 when he interrupted a live broadcast of the CBS Evening News by yelling 'Gays protest CBS prejudice!' at none other than Walter Cronkite. He was wrestled to the floor on live national television, an incident often credited as the beginning of the end of LGBTQ invisibility. In his new memoir, Segal looks back on that defining moment in history, as well as the many battles that followed."
      • premium: False
      • source: Curve Magazine
      • content: "Mark Segal is living proof that each and every one of us has the power to create tremendous change....He has made America a better place for everyone in the LGBT community."
      • premium: False
      • source: South Florida Gay News
      • content: "Mark Segal is one of the major actors in the struggle for LGBT equality in the U.S....A life as eventful as Segal's demands that a book be written about it."
      • premium: False
      • source: Gay City News
      • content: "One of the most involving, can't-put-it-down chronicles of the post-Stonewall LGBT movement yet penned."
      • premium: False
      • source: Philly.com
      • content: "The book's title, And Then I Danced, suggests the closing of a circle. Forty years after he got kicked off Ed Hurst's Summertime on the Pier TV show for dancing with another guy, Segal and his newlywed husband, Jason Villemez, danced at President Obama's White House to the U.S. Marine Corps band. For insider Segal, it will not be the last dance."
      • premium: False
      • source: Lavender Magazine
      • content: "Segal's refreshing, optimistic prose reflects the author's worldview....His first-hand accounts are memorable, particularly his description of his teenage self, new to New York, inside the Stonewall bar during the 1969 riots. Historic; eminently readable."
      • premium: False
      • source: Outlook Magazine
      • content: "One of the most well-respected voices in LGBT journalism and activism, Philadelphia Gay News' Mark Segal tells the story of his journey."
      • premium: False
      • source: Passport Magazine
      • content: "Philadelphia has become one of the most popular gay tourist destinations in the United States. Mark Segal, a key player in the city's LGBT community, and a powerful national influencer for over four decades, recounts his life as an advocate in a new memoir."
      • premium: False
      • source: Philly Chit Chat
      • content: "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."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Bay Area Reporter
      • content: "The 320-page book takes readers from Segal's meager beginnings in a Philadelphia housing project to his pinnacle of dancing with his husband in the White House."
      • premium: False
      • source: Erie Gay News
      • content: "From his burgeoning coming out--beginning with a childhood pull to the Sears Roebuck male models--Segal's story is as much a commentary on the times as it is on his own experience."
      • premium: False
      • source: Philadelphia Business Journal
      • content: "Like other nonviolent protesters before him, Mark wasn't content with sitting back and waiting for things to change. He knew people were suffering and the status quo needed to change quickly. The poor kid from Philadelphia became a hero to the LGBT community and to all...
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        August 10, 2015
        Segal, the founder and publisher of
        the Philadelphia Gay News and former president of both National Gay Press Association and the National Gay Newspaper Guild, provides an enticing frontline account of the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ people in the U.S. Segal is modest and, at times, even self-deprecating about his leading role in this historic fight, from the “zaps” he engineered in the ’70s (he infamously crashed Walter Cronkite’s CBS Evening News
        program in 1973) to the award-winning journalism he fostered at the helm of the Philadelphia Gay News. He describes a courageous and increasingly successful battle to oppose discrimination, raise
        visibility, and educate straight and cisgender people by putting a human face on LGBTQ communities. His optimistic viewpoint doesn’t gloss over the painful moments of that trajectory, either the personal humiliations and losses or broader devastation such as the AIDS
        epidemic, but the reader can clearly see how Segal’s fearless determination, cheerful tenacity, and refusal to attack
        his opponents made him a power broker in Philadelphia and a leading advocate
        on the national level. Segal fills his book with worthy stories, but the structure is uneven at times, and he sometimes awkwardly reintroduces people who appeared earlier as if readers are encountering them for the first time. What the book lacks in polish, it makes up in funny anecdotes and heart. Photos.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
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        September 1, 2015
        Segal grew up poor in the projects in Philadelphia, feeling the sting of ethnicity as the only Jew as well as of sexual orientation. He eventually moved to New York and got involved in the emerging gay rights scene, just in time for the Stonewall riot and the formation of the Gay Liberation Front. When he returned to his hometown, Segal set about organizing protests and challenging the status quo, eventually developing zaps nonviolent protests that included chaining himself to the Liberty Bell. He moved on to zaps on network television, from The Tonight Show to CBS news broadcasts with Walter Cronkite, garnering as many powerful allies as enemies. Segal later pioneered the gay press, publishing a newspaper that covered, besides the AIDs scare, major issues that the mainstream media would not touch, including lesbian nuns, medical experiments on gays, and rampant homelessness among gay youth. With great verve and spirit, Segal has rendered a lively and dramatic memoir of the early days of the gay rights struggle; the infighting over strategies and objectives; the long, hard road of progress; and a look at the challenges still ahead.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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