[music] [Narrator] In the Life is funded in part by 10 Percent, the magazine of people, arts and culture for lesbians and gay men; and Nora Beverages, makers of NAYA springwater, a proud supporter of intelligent, entertaining and informative programming on public television; and the H. van Ameringen Foundation [Crowd cheering and chanting] Lift the ban now! Lift the ban now! Lift the ban now! [Garrett Glaser] It started with a banner that read like a headline [Crowd chanting] Lift the ban now! Lift the ban now! Lift the ban now! [In the Life theme music] [Crowd cheering] [Karen Williams] An estimated million people assembled in Washington, D.C. today [Williams] One million participants from every one of the 50 states, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia [Glaser] Among them Cybill Shepherd, Sir Ian McKellen and Judith Light, Jesse Jackson and congressional members Barney Frank and Gary Studds [Williams] Hundreds of participating organizations and 250 related events [Glaser] With pundits and prophets already comparing it to the 1963 Civil Rights March where Martin Luther King first uttered the words: [Martin Luther King Jr.] I have a dream, that one day, this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: [King] ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” [King] I have a dream. [crowd cheering] [crowd cheering] [Williams] Hi, I’m Karen Williams, [Glaser] and I’m Garrett Glaser, [Williams] and we want to welcome you to the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation [Glaser] This is, by all accounts, one of the largest Washington rallies in American history Just being here felt like part of history, I think [Williams] Well, that might be, but it was a heck of a good time, Garrett [Glaser] It really was. You’re not just saying that. Here, take a look [Glaser] It was a wonderful time. Celebrities and parties, singing and dancing, communion and reunion But the heart and mind of the 1993 March on Washington was on something serious and far-reaching: gay and lesbian civil rights From ACT UP’s call to anger over AIDS funding and education to the politicians who spoke at the rally on the mall, the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation was a very loud knock on the door of Washington’s power elite [Crowd chanting] Lift the ban now! [Glaser] With a Congress and President debating the issue of the ban, gay and lesbian military and veterans organizations staged several rallies and events in support of lifting restrictions for military service [Crowds chanting] Act up, fight back, fight AIDS! [Glaser] ACT UP chapters from across the country sounded a battle cry for action on AIDS related issues Receptions served as networks for leaders from every facet of the lesbian and gay community, while rally speakers demanded that equal rights be extended to all lesbian and gay Americans [Glaser] Oregon and Colorado were in the national spotlight last November when residents there voted on initiatives to take away lesbian and gay civil rights In Oregon, the measure was defeated. In Colorado, it was not With several other states now considering similar initiatives, the Colorado and Oregon delegations today served as a source of anger and inspiration And Ground Zero is a gay and lesbian bisexual political and educational group dealing with fighting Colorado for Family Values, and what they’re doing in the state of Colorado right now [Williams] The resulting boycott of Colorado’s resorts and tourist centers attracted a lot of media scrutiny [Michael Jenkins] We’re looking forward to be a little bit more specific as to who we should be boycotting and why But there are states now that are not looking at this same measure Due to the fact that the boycott is out there and people can see that they need to stay away from this issue

I think people really, instead of boycotting, should do teach-ins That’s what we did in the Civil Rights days of the ’60s, when we were dealing with the south And when people didn’t boycott we got in buses and went down there, and we did all sorts of education And I think that same type of approach should go forward now Bob Hattoy is the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel You may recall he electrified the 1992 Democratic convention with his speech on AIDS education, awareness and funding He also praised his boss for understanding the complexity of AIDS issues and for being compassionate toward people with AIDS Well, in November, his boss won And as a result Bob Hattoy now works in the White House with the president [Glaser] I visited with him this week and asked him about the March on Washington from an insider’s point of view [Glaser] There is a story about all these gay activists meeting with the president What was the significance of that meeting? [Bob Hattoy] Well it was a great meeting. It was a historic meeting It was the first time that gay and lesbian leaders were invited into the White House for a meeting with a sitting president in the Oval Office [Hattoy] It was a very emotional day I mean, that same day, you know, the Japanese Prime Minister had a meeting in the Oval Office After that gay and lesbian leaders came into the Oval Office It was thrilling. It was inspiring. It was frank and open as they say in the State Department It was friendly And I think, you know, the folks that were there all would agree that that’s what happened I think the President had a good experience, in once again connecting with gay and lesbian leaders on the issues that have been, you know, sort of confused and jumbled up in the politics of what’s going on in Washington It seemed very comfortable and clear, to us that he was still very much committed to lifting the ban, signing a civil rights act, appointing an AIDs czar He explains some of the complications and the politics that took place around those issues And so for him, I think it was good. For us, it was very good too We had a president who was as comfortable He’s not at all uncomfortable with gay men or lesbian women He didn’t care whether someone was wearing a suit or a t-shirt and leather vest He wanted to listen to people’s ideas [Glaser] Although President Clinton did not attend the rally in person, his message of support for the lesbian and gay community came through loud and clear [Nancy Pelosi] I stand with you in the struggle for equality for all Americans including gay men and lesbian Americans In this great country, founded on the principle that all people are created equal, we must learn to put aside what divides us and focus on what we share [Williams] Garrett, what do you call a podium, a microphone, and a million people in the crowd? [Glaser] Politician’s dream that’s what I’d call it, well, I mean, after all, this is Washington, D.C. More than a million people came here with something to say And some congressional members, some presidential advisers, some US senators did show up And they wanted to let the marchers know, “Hey, we’re listening” Please welcome, Senator Paul Wellstone [crowd cheering] Thank you, Leah Thank you very much [Wellstone] Leadership is inspiring people to be their own best selves, and as the United States Senator, I want you to know that I support this rally for human rights and civil rights for all people regardless of sexual orientation [crowd cheering] We are here to tell a nation that no matter what struggles lie ahead, we are willing to make the sacrifices so that never again where our gay and our lesbian young people faced a terror of losing their family and their jobs. We are here for freedom [Glaser] And lobbyists and activists for the gay and lesbian community reminded everyone that the battles for civil rights are fought 365 days a year [Larry Kramer] But now harder than ever, we must, “Act Up, Fight Back, Fight AIDS.” Thank you [Martina Navratilova] Let’s come out and let all the people see (read heterosexuals) Let all the people see, what for the most part, straight and square and normal and sometimes boring lives we lead Let’s come out and dispel the rumors and lies that are being spread about us Let’s come out and set everybody straight, so to speak Thank you for being visible here on the streets surrounding the Capitol and on the Main Streets of every city in America Thank you for empowering yourselves and for empowering our communities

[Urvashi Vai] For on this day, with love in our hearts, we have come out and we have come out to reach out across America to build a bridge of understanding, a bridge of progress, a bridge as solid as steel, a bridge to a land where no one suffers prejudice because of their sexual orientation, their race, their gender, their religion or their human difference [crowd cheering] [crowd chants and claps] [Jesse Jackson] America is not a blanket, all one color, of uncut cloth all red, or white or blue [Williams] Hey Garrett, did you know that in 1987 Jesse Jackson said that the lesbian and gay community is like a quilt? [Glaser] A quilt? Yes, I think I do remember that And if that’s true, then I guess you’d have to call all the activities going on this weekend the multicolored patches [Glaser] The march’s 250 related events reflected the history and diversity of gay and lesbian interests and concerns From the past – Washington’s 1 in 10 Society featured an exhibit that looked at gay and lesbian culture in turn-of-the-century America, World War II Europe and pulp novels of the ’50s and ’60s The unveiling of a design for the Harvey Milk Memorial and a vigil at the Holocaust Museum silently demanded, “never again” From the present, as choir members from gay and lesbian choruses around the country sang Together Proud and Strong on the Capitol Steps Call me strong [translated from ASL] [Glaser] The Mautner Project for lesbians with cancer sponsored a reading of poetry and prose by Dorothy Allison, Christos and Jewelle Gomez [Williams] And there were parties. Gay and lesbian hoedowns and two-step celebrations that were just for fun There were massive gatherings sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign Fund and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where having fun meant raising funds [Music: “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge] [Williams] Gays and lesbians participated in a mass wedding and reception, while same-sex couples raising children gathered to celebrate the many meanings of family I’m most proud of my moms, because there are millions of other people out there and they have enough guts to stand up and go to Washington and speak for their rights They have the right to do that, and I’m real proud that they did it [Williams] Sports events, celebrity happenings In all a dizzying tribute to the depth and diversity of gay and lesbian culture in the ’90s [Williams] You know, Garrett, this is the official program book for the March on Washington [Glaser] There are a lot of pages here [Williams] There’s hundreds of events in here, and groups and all kinds of people It’s just a testament to the diversity of all the people who are participating in the March like Stonewall 25, and there’s people from the American Sign Language culture and union groups and religious groups [Glaser] and political groups [Williams] All kinds of groups Multicultural groups, and I just didn’t have a chance to go to half this stuff, did you? [Glaser] I think the LA cheerleaders are here, too. Those are the guys with the huge hair Actually speaking of fun facts, let me give you one The stage was designed by Christopher Ciccone He also fashioned the stage for the Blonde Ambition Tour of his very well-known sister whom most of we know [Williams] Who is that? [Glaser] Most of us know her better as Madonna We heard that his initial design was rejected by Park Police and the revised version is what you see here [Williams] In some ways it looked more like a concert stage than a speaker’s platform and that was done on purpose because in between all the speeches the rally goers listened to music, laughed and just plain had a good time [song begins] Out in the country, spreading our wings, wild and free [Williams] Doug Stevens is an openly gay Country and Western star who performed with the Outband [Singing] Doing what comes naturally. [song ends] [Emcee] Holly Near! [Williams] Folk singer Holly Near sang a variation of what’s been called a gay and lesbian anthem [song begins] We are gentle angry people and we are singing, singing for our lives. [song ends] Hi, we’re Betty [crowd replies] Hello, Betty! [song begins] We’ll follow the old man, wherever he wants to go

Wherever he wants to go, wherever he wants to go [Williams] And the vocal trio Betty – talent that was homegrown here in Washington, D.C. serenaded the crowd in perfect harmony [Vocal bugle call] He was a famous trumpet man from out, Chicago way He had a boogie style that no one else could play He was the top man. [song ends] [Lea DeLaria] All right! All right, I’m gonna trip over people is that what’s gonna happen here? [Williams] There were plenty of laughs today, comediennes Lea DeLaria, [DeLaria] Can the cameras stay with me. That’s what I want. Can you stay with me? Come on camera, you’re gonna stay with me. Good [Williams] Kate Clinton [Clinton] Thank you very much, the great organizers, the march organizers have told me that they have upgraded the entire march There are so many people here that it is no longer the March on Washington It is the mingle on Washington [Williams] Suzanne Westenhoefer [Westenhoefer] But the next time that someone says to you, “Oh you choose to be a lesbian,” “You choose to be a gay man,” say, “No, no,no, I did not choose it; I was chosen.” [Crowd laughter] Yeah, stood in line, got my ticket, scratched it right off. I won yeah! [Williams] And yours truly Well I for one have to tell you. It’s very difficult being a lesbian and trying to figure out fashion I’m sure some of you have that problem I have a little 2% rabbit fur. I said, “what the heck, I paid for it, I might as well wear it.” But unfortunately I wore it to the Living Foods health food store in Berkeley, California and when I came out I was picketed by the animal rights people chanting, “1-2-3 fur. Save the animal, let’s kill her.” It was terrible [Williams] Please give a flamboyant welcome to Romanovsky & Phillips [crowd cheering] [Ron Romanovsky] It’s a good thing the military isn’t as afraid of Saddam Hussein as they are of sissies, they would be in a lot of trouble [song begins] Be all that you can be You can do it in the Army Be all that you can be ‘Cause we need you in the Army. [song ends] [Williams] We all know that laughter is the best medicine and we certainly fill that prescription [Glaser] And as always there were a few surprises [Indigo Girls] [song begins] So far away from home. So far away from home I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered I don’t have a friend who feels at ease I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered or driven to its knees Oh, but it’s all right. It’s all right We lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road we’re travelling on I wonder what’s gone wrong I can’t help but I wonder what’s gone wrong. [song ends] [Melissa Etheridge] [song begins] Oh, keep it precious And the wonder. Let the wonder never cease And the madness of the pleasure and ecstasy Danger believing me Wounding and healing me please Keep it precious. [song ends] [Crowd cheering] Funny you don’t look like 300,000 people You look more like the whole 1% [Crowd cheering]

[RuPaul] [song begins] You better work Work it girl. Do your thing on the runway Work! You better work it girl Wet your lips and make love to the camera Turn to the left. Now turn to the right. All right Sashay, shantay. [song ends] The logo for today’s March was designed by Kansas City graphic artist David Westman His design was selected as the result of a nationwide competition It features a silhouette of the Capitol building and the pink triangle That’s the symbol that identified gay prisoners in Nazi Germany [Williams] You know, Garrett, it’s often been said that looking at the past will open our eyes to the present and we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the history of gay and lesbian activism and the events that led to this 1993 March [Glaser] Our movement has many beginnings but gays and lesbians have been addressing their concerns here in Washington for many years [Song: “We Can All Be Together” by Jefferson Airplane] We are all outlaws in the eyes of America [Glaser] The catalyst of the gay lesbian movement was Code 10450 That’s the statute that prohibited gays and lesbians from getting government security clearances A handful of civil servants picketed the White House in 1969 The seeds of gay and lesbian discontent had been sown [Harvey Milk] The struggle goes on. Eventually we will win And all the President has to do is, well, the government is to turn the pages of history a little faster [Glaser] 10 years later, San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk challenged gay and lesbian Pride Day participants to take their anger and outrage to the nation’s capital The first mass march on Washington attracted only about 40,000 people and then in 1987, 750,000 lesbians and gay men convened on a clear October day here in the nation’s capitol to educate, to celebrate, and to liberate [Williams] We have some interesting statistics to report on the March compared with a 1993 inauguration where there were 800,000 people in town and eighty percent of the hotels were booked Well this event you cannot get a room in town anywhere [Glaser] Every hotel is booked. In fact a friend of mine told me in order to get a hotel room, he had to go past Baltimore. Now that’s a long way [Williams] Because of the number of people here, the March weekend has been compared to President Clinton’s inauguration But there’s something besides the sheer numbers that these two events have in common, and that’s a lot of stars Please get a big warm phenomenal welcome to Judith Light [Glaser] The stars came out today, so to speak. They came out to support gay and lesbian civil rights, to mourn the lack of funding for the AIDS crisis and to do what celebrities do best: attract national media that will take these images beyond the Washington Beltway and into America’s heartland She starred in “Sister Act” with Whoopi Goldberg She was a co-star of “The Kathy and Mo Show” on HBO And she’s starring with Bette Midler in “Hocus Pocus” coming out July 17 Can we have a really big hand for Kathy Najimy? [Crowd cheering] [Glaser] Do you worry that by aligning yourself closely with a movement like this that you in any way jeopardize your future? [Najimy] Absolutely not. My future isn’t based on show business or entertainment I’ve been political since I was 14 years old and the movies came just a couple of years ago And my politics are much more important to me than any movie could ever be Please have a wonderful American welcome to Sir Ian McKellan [Glaser] Actor Sir Ian McKellen addressed the crowd. He’s the first openly gay British citizen to be knighted He has been universally praised for his most recent stage appearance as Shakespeare’s Richard the Third [McKellen] I think the whole March is about giving each other encouragement And there’s a lot of self-congratulation going on People thanking people for having helped them politically and socially and so we’re all helping ourselves and then going back revived and re-energized our hope for the fight ahead [song begins] So from beneath the rubble [Glaser] Singer and actress Lorna Luft is currently delighting Washington audiences She’s starring in the revival of Guys and Dolls. Lorna has been a longtime supporter of our community [song continues] Let the skeptics say tonight, we’re dead and gone I’ll be here tomorrow, simply going on. [song ends] [Glaser] Cybill Shepherd made her film debut in Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show

But her name became a household word only when she and co-star Bruce Willis found great success in the TV comedy mystery series Moonlighting [Shepherd] I’m also here for myself I would hate to think that if I loved a woman I would be discriminated against in my work, that my children would be discriminated against or that people would think that I was a different person because of my sexual choices I’m the same person with the same strengths and talents and vulnerability and weaknesses, regardless of my sexual choice [triumphant music plays] [Glaser] And with the dropping of the banner, the curtain fell on the 1993 march and rally [Williams] And if a picture’s worth a thousand words, then we leave you with at least a half-dozen chapters of a work-in-progress [Glaser] Something entitled One Step at a Time [Williams] or The Gay Nineties perhaps Or It’s Our Turn [Glaser] Something political, comic, sad, glorious and downright entertaining [Williams] Something both historic and her-storic [Glaser] And something with an amazing cast of characters, celebrities, entertainers, politicians, and the real stars of today’s events: the diverse family of lesbians and gay men everywhere [Williams] We’ll let their voices serve as captions for our parting shots [Glaser] And we want to thank you for making this first season of In the Life such a rewarding one [song begins] We are marching for our lives you see Because no one’s free until everyone is No one’s free until everyone is No one’s free until everyone is free. [song ends] [Song:”Cover Girl” by RuPaul] Are you working? I have one thing to say. You better work! [Narrator] In the Life is funded in part by 10 Percent, the magazine of people, arts and culture for lesbians and gay men; and Nora Beverages makers of NAYA Springwater, a proud supporter of intelligent, entertaining, and informative programming on public television; and the H. van Ameringen Foundation