Network Q is the LGBT video magazine and television series produced from 1992 to 1996 in the United States. Originally distributed on videotape by subscription (because in 1992 gay stuff was largely taboo on broadcast TV and cable), it ultimately ran on public television in the U.S. in 1995 and 1996 as Network Q: Out Across America. Although we covered lots of big events, celebrities, politics, books, movies, music and comedy, the main focus was to showcase real people living out of the closet in cities and towns all over the US. We also did shows in Canada and Australia. Along the way I think we produced the most comprehensive video history of mid-1990's LGBT life that I've seen. It was the moment when queers really hit the mainstream even as our separate-but-fabulous culture was at a post-AIDS outbreak peak. It often still wasn't physically safe to be out, and there were numerous legislative attacks on our rights, so the gay ghettos and events and media of the time -- and early internet chat rooms -- helped us to connect and organize and develop our political leverage as more of us found the support to come out. It was the period that in my opinion set the stage for the amazing progress that's come recently.
Rob Eichberg, founder of national Coming Out Day, always said that visibility would be the solution. He was right.
This video has a few clips to give you the flavor of the show. If you like it, subscribe! Eventually, we're uploading most everything from the archive, plus compilations, outtakes, updates, interviews with the producer and crew, and maybe some new stuff. You can explore via our Google+ page or the channel home page. The music is from the YouTube audio library.
Enjoy! Your feedback is welcomed.
David Surber, Producer