Gay Marriage and Social Justice With Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright

Monday, 02 July 2012 09:24 By Thorne Dreyer, The Rag Blog | Interview
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Gail and Betsy Leondar-Wright, who have been together since 1991, were among the first same-sex couples to be legally married in the United States -- on May 23, 2004, in Arlington, Massachusetts, the week the state made same-sex marriage legal.

Gail and Betsy were our guests on Rag Radio, initially broadcast Friday, June 22, 2012, on KOOP-FM, Austin's cooperatively-run all-volunteer community radio station.

You can listen to the show here:


On the show, we discuss their marriage, the gay marriage and LGBT movements in America, and the larger issues of class and progressive social change to which they are both committed.

Gail Leondar-Wright is the founder of gail leondar public relations, which promotes progressive books. She has publicized over 600 titles on sustainability, peace, economic justice, and human rights.

Betsy Leondar-Wright, an economic justice activist, is the Project Director for the nonprofit organization, Class Action. She is the author of Class Matters: Cross-Class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists and the co-author of The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide. She holds a PhD in sociology from Boston College.

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Thorne Dreyer

Thorne Dreyer, a pioneering '60s underground journalist, edits The Rag Blog, hosts Rag Radio, and is a director of the New Journalism Project. Dreyer was an editor of The Rag in Austin and Space City! in Houston, was on the editorial collective of Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York, was general manager of Pacifica's KPFT-FM in Houston and was a correspondent for Texas Monthly magazine. Dreyer can be contacted at

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