Maletta went out and covered everything he could in the community with a sense of mission, passion and the conviction that to educate people was with the greatest tool of all time — television.
Some of Manetta’s most notable interviews celebrity interviews included Quentin Crisp, writer Vito Russo, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, director Derek Jarman, Sara Jessica Parker, and Barbara Walters, and also eclectic mix of countless others..
From 1984 to 2000, the Gay Cable Network provided team coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, with reporters on the floor interviewing political leaders from Dick Cheney, Henry Kissinger, and George W. Bush to Jesse Jackson and Ann Richards. The network also covered LGBT and AIDS demonstrations outside the conventions, as well as countless local and national protests including the 1987 and 1993 national marches on Washington along with covering the rise of ACT UP and providing heartbreaking and moving coverage of the AIDS quilt
Lou Maletta shut down operations in 2001, and sadly passed away at the age 74 of liver cancer in 2011 but thankfully the entire archives of the Gay Cable Network were acquired by New York University’s Fales Library for restoration, and preservation. The footage is a priceless piece of LGBT history and important for the education of future LGBT generations to come.
Lou Maletta was true LGBT Media Pioneer and should always be remembered and hailed as such. I wish he could be with us here today. But while he’s not in body, I am sure that he is here with us in spirit.
Click HERE To watch a Gay Cable Network Archive Library Promotional Spot w/a ton of clips on YouTube.