Interviews

July 23, 2017 Interview with KNON’s Lambda Weekly

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Today David Taffet and Lerone Landis visit with David Collins, author of “Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas”. Joining them are Mark and Vic to discuss the making of the book, the behind-the-scenes vignettes, and the whereabouts of the Late Patti Fink! Don’t miss it!

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Interview Details

  • Date Conducted: 07/23/2017
  • Taffet, Landis, & Fink
  • 53:39
  • Format: Video (You-Tube)

May 15, 2017 Interview with Paul Pepper

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Today Paul Pepper visits with professor and author, DAVID COLLINS, about his book, “Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas.”

David tells us the story of his longtime friendship with Mark, a former student of his at Westminster College in the 1970s, and how that friendship turned to collaboration when Mark and his partner Vic decided to sue the state of Texas over marriage equality rights. May 15, 2017

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Interview Details

  • Date Conducted: 05/15/2017
  • Pepper
  • 8:03
  • Format: Video (You-Tube)

About the Interviewer

Longtime TV host Paul Pepper brings you his deep connections with the people in the arts and civic life who make this area a great place to live. Hear “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” weekday mornings at 8:50 on KBIA … and, watch and listen to the show in a download or a stream any time here.


‘Accidental activist’ grew up gay in 1970s Oklahoma

NonDoc Excerpt from the book (Click here to read)

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This week’s edition of NonDoc, published in Oklahoma where Mark Phariss grew up, includes a short excerpt from Accidental Activists. In the seventies there were no “good”places to grow up gay, but there were places where doing so was harder still, and Oklahoma, birthplace of orange juice huckster And anti-gay activist Anita Bryant, was probably among the worst.

Hope you’ll read and enjoy as a prelude to the whole of the story.