Remembering Lou Maletta Pioneering LGBT Journalist and Founder of the Gay Cable Network

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. Eric says:

    Thank you Will for a wonderful remembrance of Lou. He was more than just a friend but family to me and to so many who’s lives he touched!! My thoughts and condolences go out to Luke and his family.

    I met and started working with Lou in 1985 I was not only his assistant / field director for many of the events you mentioned but I also had the pleasure nay the honor of being first hand witness to the many wonderful changes Lou was directly responsible in making in our community during a very dark struggle in the 80’s and 90’s….he brought light to the dark corners of and chronicled the life and times of so many from the everyday GLBT folks to the famous who have him to thank!! And he did it out of his own pocket and a constant army of friends and volunteers who were inspired by his magnetic personality and a laugh that told you King Louie was in the room long before you saw him in his cowboy hat, leather, spandex and muscle T-shirt!! He was such a character!! It makes me smile every time I think about him!!! He made an impression every where he went THAT’S for sure!!

    I also wanted to thank you for sharing the short documentary posted on Youtube that Lou ask my partner Keith and I to come to New York to make in 2004 and help him find a place to preserve his VAST archive of footage some dating back to The Emerald City Show in the 70’s that Lou bought to preserve himself!! He was just as interested in preserving our Gay history as he was in recording it in ALL it’s colors of the Rainbow!! There really should be a documentary made about Lou and his important contribution to our history! Lou will NEVER be forgotten not as long as I am alive!!

  2. I was on one of Lou’s first shows called the Way We Were with my husband Richard Hendlowitch who is now deceased. I am still here and would love to see the video again. It was many moons ago Lou came to our place and filmed us. Precious memories…No one was like Lou he was an original…I can still hear his unique voice. It was a great experience and now Lou is gone which is so sad. Anyone who has information please contact me…..thanks for the memory Lou….

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