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Steve Walsh Talks “Steel Closets”

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July 25, 2014 – In April, former Indiana University Northwest professor Anne Balay came out with “Steel Closets,” which looks at the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender steel workers. The book attracted the attention of activists with The United Steel Workers who are now promoting a resolution at the union’s national conference in October. Regionally Speaking host Steve Walsh discussed the topic with author Anne Balay, as well as Pete Trinidad, Vice President of Local 6787, and Jan Gentry, a retired steel worker.

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