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The Gayest Generation Ep. 1 - Pat Buerkel

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 11:25am

When: August 1, 2020

Welcome to The Gayest Generation, where hear LGBTQ elders speak for themselves. Every episode, we sit down with a different member of the LGBTQ community who laid the foundation for the freedoms we have today. Stories—their stories—make noise where silence has lived for far too long. What if who we call The Greatest Generation, also happens to be the gayest?

In this episode, we speak with Pat Buerkel. She shares her experiences working on the line at GM in the 70’s, her lifelong friendship with a transgender trailblazer, and crossing “going to jail” off her bucket list. Viewer discretion, due to adult language and situations, is advised. This is The Gayest Generation.

This episode features the following music:

Prospects by Chris Juergenson

Epiphany by Eternal Jazz Project

Freedom by Jeff Wahl

Seasons by Eternal Jazz Project

Red Arrow Highway by Chris Bathgate

Special thanks to our guest Pat Buerkel, as well as to those who make The Gayest Generation a reality.

Presented by Jacob Gorski

If you or someone you know would like to be a guest on The Gayest Generation, email

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August 1, 2020

Contains explicit content

Length: 01:10:01

Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


LGBTQ+ Community
American Cultures
Gender & Sexuality
Local History
Oral Histories
Social Issues
Gayest Generation
Pat Buerkel