Mark Segal

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Mark Allan Segal (born 1951)[1][unreliable source?] is an American journalist.[2] He is the president of the National Gay Newspaper Guild[3] and the founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News.[4]

Segal is originally from Mount Airy, Philadelphia and attended Germantown High School and Temple University.[5]

Gay rights activism[edit]

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.[6]

In 1975, he went on a hunger strike on behalf of the passage of a law to guarantee equal rights for homosexuals.[7] In 1988, he had a televised debate with a Philadelphia city councilman, Francis Rafferty, about Gay Pride Month.[8]

He was a friend of the pioneering gay activist Barbara Gittings.[9]


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