A mile-high look at modern US history. Is it true most male flight attendants are gay? Was it ever? How did their legal battles with airlines help advance gay rights and workplace gender equity? Is the tale of “Patient Zero” – a steward accused of being the initial transcontinental spreader of HIV – accurate? Stow your tray tables and put your seats in their fully upright and locked positions for a quick flight through the history of airline stewards. Eric Jansen's guest is Philadelphia University history professor Phil Tiemeyer, author of Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality and AIDS in the history of male flight attendants, published by University of California Press.
For the first time, top corporate executives are telling their stories of being out in the workplace in a new anthology, "Out and Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office." Some of these contributors lost their jobs, family, friends and some nearly their lives. But by being their authentic selves at work, many saw their careers – and companies – blossom.