Columbia College Chicago alum Devlyn Camp ’14 — who graduated with a BA in Television Writing and Producing from what is now the Columbia College Chicago Cinema and Television Arts Department and a Minor in Acting from the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department — is marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by re-releasing the climactic episode of their Queer Serial podcast: Stonewall Inn, Night 1: “The Devil with the Blue Dress On.“ Originally released June 28, 2021, the episode is a moment-by-moment historically accurate radio play about the Stonewall Riots that broke out in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, following a botched attempt by New York City police to raid a gay club in New York’s Greenwich Village neighborhood. Camp’s podcast fuses drama and journalism to chronicle “how it happened, why it happened, who was there (and who wasn’t), and why there is no ‘first brick.’ ” The Stonewall Rebellion – or simply Stonewall – as the event is also known, is commemorated annually by LGBTQ Pride Parades and other events annually across America and around the world.
Camp’s LGBTQ history podcast Queer Serial and its website are accessible for free at QueerSerial.com. Queer Serial also has a Patreon crowdfunding page where fans can access bonus episodes, research dives into other areas of LGBTQ history, and rewards. For more information, go to Patreon.com/QueerSerial.
As the creator, writer, producer, and host of Queer Serial, Camp – recipient of a 2021 Excellence in Journalism Award from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists – was moved to share the history of the American LGBT rights movement through a canny mixture of documentary narrative and dramatization, reflecting their training in Columbia’s TV and Theatre programs. “I love storytelling,” Camp said in an interview with San Francisco’s Bay Area Reporter. “I love making sure queer stories get told. That was my happy little blend.” To read the full Bay Area Reporter article, click here.
As previously reported in this blog, Camp – an Indiana native who came to Chicago to study musical theatre and television at Columbia College Chicago before relocating to Los Angeles and, eventually, New York – partnered with the Columbia College Chicago Career Center and the college’s Student Diversity and Inclusion office in 2022 to host Flipping the Script with Joey Soloway, a Zoom webinar featuring Emmy Award-winning writer/director/producer Joey Soloway, a former student in Columbia College’s Film and Video program and creator of the groundbreaking Amazon original series Transparent (2014-2019), a poignant comedy about a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that their parent is trans. In May of 2023, Soloway and their sibling, songwriter Faith Soloway, brought a stage version of Transparent, titled A Transparent Musical, to the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where the show concluded its limited engagement on June 25. Here’s the video of Camp’s conversation with Joey Soloway in 2022: