In 1972, Mark Segal was 19 and living in Philadelphia. He and a male friend were thrown out of a television dance program for dancing together. So a few days later, Mark barged in on the station’s news broadcast, and yelled, “We have some grievances!” Cutting to a commercial, they wrestled Segal to the floor.
Segal became known for these so-called “TV zaps.” Every time, he was arrested and carted off.
On “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson,” Segal leapt from the audience and lambasted the program for its negative treatment of gays.
Segal’s most notorious “zap,” however, was on “The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite.”
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]