Greg Brock discusses his experiences in the South and in the professional world of journalism as a gay man. He tells stories of how an isolated and lonely childhood affected his self-perception and ability to form intimate relationships later in life. He recounts his first intimate encounter with a man while in Florida for his first newspaper internship. He also describes the hostile environment that kept him in the closet even as he achieved professional success as a print journalist. He then recounts the gay bashing that forced him to come out to his colleagues at The Charlotte Observer. He also discusses finally coming out to his parents live on The Oprah Winfrey Show as part of the first Coming Out Day program in 1988. He then recounts his involvement with the publishing of “Gay In America,” a sixteen-day San Francisco Examiner newspaper series examining gay life twenty years after the Stonewall Riots. He then discusses the personal and professional ramifications of being labeled as “a gay journalist” instead of simply “a journalist who is gay.”
Brock, Greg and Stribling, William Timothy, "Brock, Greg" (2019). Queer Mississippi Oral History Project. 30.