Thanks for joining Cabaret Vérité on October 11, 2022, as we looked back to October 11, 1987, the first National Coming Out Day. The cast of Ten Percent Revue, pictured below, sang two songs to a crowd estimated
at 500,000 people who came to Washington.
We aimed our anger at Ronald Reagan, who had ignored AIDS for 5 years and the Supreme Court, who ruled that sex between two men was criminal, even in the privacy of their own home.
This gathering was a game changer. We grew our organizations, slowly achieved legal protections, respect from the media, the schools, a voice
in politics and the right to marry our loved ones.
Mr Stine, John Whyte and I sang the songs from that early era and then visited the challenges and setbacks that appeared in the arrival of Trump and his judicial appointments. We found, as we always do, that words and music and humor strengthen us to continue our work. - Tom