Stonewall Spotlight

Bottini & Abroad

An episode of Stonewall Spotlight

By The Stonewall Democratic Club
Welcome to STONEWALL SPOTLIGHT a new monthly podcast by The Stonewall Democratic Club that will cover the most salient issues in Democratic politics -- through the LGBTQIA and feminist lens. Hosted by Marcus Lovingood and Mackenzie Hussman.
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Blue Tsunami (Part 1)
The Democrats have an uphill battle to take back the White House from Donald Trump in 2020, but they have a plan. Like last year’s “Blue Wave”, this year’s "Blue Tsunami" is set to hopefully not only take back the White House, but the Senate as well. In this first episode of our special two-part Blue Tsunami edition of Stonewall Spotlight, we sit down with the Chair of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Mark Gonzalez as he gives us a sneak peek into what’s to come and what challenges await the Democrats in 2020. We also sit down with Stonewall Democratic Club’s Chair of Endorsements Adam Kroll to get an expert insight on the vast field of Democratic candidates for President and who has what it takes to clench the nomination.
September 23, 2019
AIDS: Past, Present and Future
This week we sit down with Phill Wilson, the founder of the Black AIDS Institute and West Hollywood Mayor John D'Amico as we discuss the breakthroughs in AIDS past, present and future on this episode of Stonewall Spotlight.
July 23, 2019
50 Years of Stonewall
We have a full episode for you today, packed with perspectives. In honor of the Stonewall Riots anniversary this year, we’re celebrating how far as a community we’ve come over the decades. We’ll hear from Robin Tyler, a true pioneer in the grassroots movement within the Women’s and LGBTQ civil rights flight and a special interview with longtime Stonewall Member, Nadia Sutton. This year happens to be the 50th Anniversary of the protests at Stonewall that lit the fire for the modern Pride movement, the effects of which are as vital today as they were fifty years ago. Here at Stonewall Spotlight we hope to develop a compassionate understanding of that important time in our LGBTQ history.  Stonewall is part of who we are as a club and we hope to share a little bit about our namesake with you today. The Stonewall Inn is bar located in Greenwich Village, New York City, and it was the scene of an uprising against police repression that led to a key turning point in the struggle for the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. In a pattern of harassment of LGBT establishments, the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn in the early hours of Saturday, June 28, 1969. The reaction of the bar’s patrons and neighborhood residents that assembled in the street was not typical of these kinds of raids. Instead of dispersing, the crowd became increasingly angry and began chanting and throwing objects as the police arrested the bar's employees and patrons. Reinforcements were called in by the police, and for several hours they tried to clear the streets while the crowd fought back. The initial raid and the riot that ensued led to six days of demonstrations and conflicts with law enforcement outside the bar, in nearby Christopher Park, and along neighboring streets. At its peak, the crowds included several thousand people. The events of Stonewall, as the uprising is most commonly referred to, marked a major change in the struggle for "homophile rights" in the U.S., with lesbian women, gay men, bisexual and transgender people beginning to vocally and assertively demand their civil rights. Stonewall is regarded by many as the single most important catalyst for the dramatic expansion of the LGBT civil rights movement. The riots inspired LGBT people throughout the country to organize and within two years of Stonewall, LGBT rights groups had been started in nearly every major city in the U.S. Stonewall was, as historian Lillian Faderman wrote, "the shot heard round the world...crucial because it sounded the rally for the movement.” Today, the site of the uprisings in Greenwich Village is recognized as a National Historic Landmark (NHL) by the National Park Service and is considered significant under Criterion 1 because of its association with events that outstandingly represent the struggle for civil rights in America. The NHL includes the bar, Christopher Park, and the streets where the events of June 28-July 3, 1969, occurred. The Stonewall Inn is located at 51-53 Christopher Street, New York City, New York and is open to the public.
April 23, 2019
Bottini & Abroad
We’re back from our season break, and have lots of new and exciting interviews to share with you on this second season of Stonewall Spotlight starting with an interview with LGBT pioneer Ivy Bottini. Towards the end of last year, Mackenzie had the opportunity to do some extensive traveling and what better way to contribute to a club that has given me so much, then to share the voices of LGBT friends and people that she crossed paths with. We hope this reminds us all of our solidarity within the LGBT community far and wide. Get involved at
February 7, 2019
Everything's Coming Up Rainbows
This month Spotlight says goodbye to summer rainbow fun and hello to fall mid-term fever! We recap interviews with LGBTQ candiates Ricardo Lara and Katie Hill. Marcus Lovingood interviews Stonewall’s President Lester Aponte, and Lauren Buisson completes our PRIDE season coverage with Councilwoman Nury Martinez, founder of San Fernando Valley Pride. Plus the campaign to honor gay civil rights pioneer and Bayard Rustin with a USPS postage stamp.
August 28, 2018
Social Injustice
Social Injustice. On any given day tens of thousands of people who pose no risk to public safety await trial stuck in jail because they cannot afford bail. This month Stonewall Spotlight speaks to L.A. County Sheriff’s Candidate Alex Villanueva and Anthony Keith Turner, founder of the Integrity Commitment a nonprofit committed to social justice, to discuss the high social costs of cash bond and the urgent humanitarian need for money bail reform. We close with our Editor in Chief Sean Kolodji and Contributing Editor Lauren Buisson discuss the significance of recent Supreme Court Term.
July 23, 2018
Pride Then and Now - Why We March
This month the Spotlight turns to Pride: its celebrations, its communities and its history. We’ll hear from attendees from WeHo’s L.A. Pride and Our Pride in Baldwin Hills. Mackenzie Hussman remembers the late Soni Wolf, founder of Dykes on Bikes, and interviews our special guest Marna Deitch about L.A.’s Dyke March and lesbian motorcycle culture. Marcus Lovingood and Lauren Buisson discuss Black Cat Tavern uprising and the Los Angeles origins of PRIDE. And we hear from Stonewall’s own Justine Gonzalez on the need for PRIDE events that celebrate LGBTQ people of color.
June 26, 2018
Primary: A Special Election Edition
It’s been 465 days since the inauguration of the 45th President which can only mean one thing: It’s primary season! In our latest edition of Stonewall Spotlight, host Marcus Lovingood interviews Alex Villanueva, Stonewall’s endorsed candidate for L.A. County Sheriff on the challenges facing the scandal plagued department and his plans for reform. Lovingood and Sean Kolodji, Stonewall’s Communications Vice-President and resident political prognosticator, handicaps the major races and issues bewildering California voters. And to start Pride season, host Mackenzie Hussman and contributor Lauren Buisson discuss the unlikely conservative jurist who made marriage equality a reality in California. And we’ll hear from honorees and electeds from the 42nd annual Stoney Awards.
May 31, 2018
Year of the Woman
It’s been more than a quarter century since the first Year of the Woman in 1992 brought a distaff perspective to Congress. Yet women still comprise only around 20% of Federal legislators. 2018 is looking more like the Year of the Women – with nearly 600 women running for Congress or governorships this election cycle. This month on Stonewall Spotlight, we salute this historic political shift. Mackenzie Hussman interviews Stonewall endorsed candidate Katie Hill running for California’s 25th Congressional District. We’ll also hear reflections from Congresswoman Karen Bass, Stonewall’s Public Official of the Year, and Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Stonewall’s Elected of the Year, on winning the 2018 Stoney Awards and the issues that matter to them most. Marcus Lovingood and Lauren Buisson discuss the life and legacy of political pioneer Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and her historic run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. Join the club at
April 23, 2018
Women Lead the Way
Women are at the forefront of the progressive resurgence and the resistance movement. On this episode of Stonewall Spotlight, our host Marcus Lovingood interviews Los Angeles Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, an influential progressive leader at City Hall who has shown harrowing leadership during natural disasters and has fought for greater representation for women in local government. We also feature Stonewall's endorsed candidate in the April 3 Assembly District 39 election Luz Rivas, who has been an advocate in the community for girls pursuing careers in science and technology. In celebration of Women's History Month, Mackenzie Hussman discusses the achievements of Mathilde Krim, a trailblazing HIV/AIDs researcher and advocate who worked tirelessly to advocate for and get better medical care for those suffering from HIV from the very beginning of the epidemic. Finally, Marcus Lovingood discusses the CA Party Convention and progressive activism within Stonewall activist Crags Scott.
March 26, 2018
Long March to Freedom
The history of Gay liberation is a long and winding road (apologies to Lennon and McCartney). Today, on the inaugural episode of Stonewall Spotlight, the podcast of the Stonewall Democratic Club, we’ll explore history past and present via the journeys of two LGBQT pioneers. Marcus Lovingood interviews California State Senator Ricardo Lara whose campaign for Insurance Commissioner has him poised to make history as the Golden State’s first openly gay statewide office holder. Mackenzie Hussman and Lauren Buisson celebrate Black History Month with a discussion on the life and legacy of Bayard Rustin, the unsung LGBQT hero of numerous Civil Rights firsts. We’ll also hear from Stonewall members on what Gay Rights activism means to them today. Get involved at
February 26, 2018
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