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Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz on the Michelangelo Signorile Show, 2003

Item

Title

Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz on the Michelangelo Signorile Show, 2003

Description

Episode of the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius OutQ which aired July 20, 2003 in which have Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz to talk about their life and new film “Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House.” At the beginning of the episode, they also talk about other people they are having on the show.

Ruth and Connie's interview starts at 10:55 and ends at 30:30. They discuss their Cotello Towers neighbohood where they met when they were both married and young mothers. There they started the "Mother's Action Committe" within their community. They talk about their own internalized homophobia at the beginning of their relaionship and their fear that they would have been found out, and the transition to feeling comfortable with themselves and their sexuality. They discuss their lawsit with the New York City Board of Education for Domestic Partnership Benifits and their apperance on the Donahue Show in 1988. 

They take questions from callers which relate to being lesbian and Jewish, the community they have found there, and the importance for others around the country to find similar communities, or to create them. 

After Ruth + Connie's interview the hosts discuss a NYC teen, Natalie Young, who is sueing her teacher for harasmeent over comments made about the teenagers shirt that said "Barbie is a Lesbian"and other LGBT current events.

Creator

Michelangelo Signorile

Date Created

July 20, 2003

Language

English

Identifier

SPW 1873

Citation

Michelangelo Signorile, “Ruth Berman and Connie Kurtz on the Michelangelo Signorile Show, 2003,” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed May 19, 2024, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/items/show/1179.