Out-FM:Marie Equi 
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Out-FM  Marie Equi  Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions 
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Out-FM  Interviews  For non-profit use only. 
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This is the first of a two-part series in which well be discussing the remarkable life of Dr. Marie Equi, who lived from 1872 to 1952. Equi was a lesbian physician and political activist, primarily based in Portland, Oregon, who was devoted to providing care to working-class and poor patients, providing reproductive health care information to women, and fighting initially for civic and economic reforms, womens right to vote and an eight-hour workday, and later for a socialist society as part of the anarchist Industrial Workers of the World or IWW. Due to her strident public opposition to World War I, which she denounced as an imperialist venture, she served 10 months in federal prison on charges of violating the Sedition Act passed at the behest of President Woodrow Wilson. Equi was also remarkably open about her intimate relationships with women in an era when doing so was extremely rare and stigma and persecution against lesbians and gay men was extreme.

Yet despite Equis groundbreaking achievements, she remains almost totally unknown, both to the LGBTQ community and the Left.

This is an interview by WBAI producer Bob Lederer with Michael Helquist, author of "Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions," published by Oregon State University Press in 2015. It is the first full-length biography of Equi. Titled Michael is a writer and historian who has worked in the anti-war, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ movements since the 1970s.  
Michael Helquist 
Notes: Credits:
The segment is about Dr. Marie Equi, a remarkable early 20th-century lesbian physician who went from suffragette/Progressive Party member to member of the socialist/anarchist Industrial Workers of the World. She fought fiercely and at great personal risk for workers' rights, birth control, abortion, and peace -- and was imprisoned for her radical views. All the while, she refused to hide or apologize for her love for and committed relationships wiht women.

The segment opens with the song "Union Maids" by Bev Grant. From the Album We Were There! Songs of Women's Labor History
Label: Human Condition Music
Copyright: (C) 2002 Human Condition Music 
Interviewer: Bob Lederer
Engineer: John Riley 
Civil Liberties | Feminism | Free Speech | Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans | Police Brutality  
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View Script  Home Studio  09-10-2017  English 
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outfmMarieEqui  128Kbps mp3 (20.58MB) Mono 


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