Gay rights activism
In 1972, after being thrown out of dance competition for dancing with a male lover, Segal crashed the evening news broadcast of WPVI-TV, an act that became known as a "zap" and that he helped popularize. He repeated the action during many other television broadcasts.
In 1975, he went on a hunger strike on behalf of the passage of a law to guarantee equal rights for homosexuals. In 1988, he had a televised debate with a Philadelphia city councilman, Francis Rafferty, about Gay Pride Month.
- "Mark Segal and his Famous TV Zaps". GayRVA, 10/8/2010.
- "Mark Segal, The Gay Raiders And Walter Cronkite: That’s The Way It Was". Archived 2012-05-26 at the Wayback Machine
- William Bender. "Phila. Gay News articles examine homosexuality in U.S. history". The Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/13/2011.
- Edward Alwood. "Walter Cronkite and the Gay Rights Movement". The Washington Post, 7/26/2009.
- "Gay Activist Goes on Hunger Strike". Daytona Beach Morning Journal, 12/1/1975.
- "On TC, Rafferty and Segal debate gay pride month". Philadelphia Daily News, 7/7/1988.
- Adam Satariano. "Barbara Gittings, Pioneer Gay Activist, Dies of Cancer at 75". Bloomberg, 2/19/2007.
- Profile of Mark Segal at National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
- Profile of Mark Segal at Philly.com
- Philadelphia Gay News website
- Mark Segal's official Facebook page
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