The Mattachine Podcast
Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Part 3)
Hey everyone, welcome to the podcast. This week’s episode closes out a 3-episode arc covering Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We’re going to cover the eventual repeal of the policy, and uncover some of the societal attitudes—particularly how they’ve shifted over the years. The underlying justifications for DADT have been subjected to increasing suspicion and outright rejection by the early 21st century. Mounting evidence obtained from the integration efforts of foreign militaries, surveys of U.S....
Don't Ask, Don't Tell (Part 1)
Just a brief note to let you know that this week we’re going to be covering Don’t Ask, Don’t tell, the first of a three-part episode arc. In this episode, we’ll be delving into what it was all about, the origin and history of the policy, and the legal challenges that it faced as it evolved. The second episode will be about the intense social and legislative debate that existed in the politically charged social-issues climate surrounding the era, with the third episode diving into details...
Paris is Burning
This week, we’ll be investigating a documentary released in 1990 called Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.