Rosie O'Donnell, David LaChapelle and Peter Staley are among the 19 iconic boomers featured on PBS' American Masters: The Boomer List.

Director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' (The Out List) documentary explores the story of the influential baby boomer generation.

Premiering Tuesday, September 23, The Boomer List features three gay boomers.

“Public school teachers in Long Island, New York, saved my life in the '70s,” O'Donnell reveals in the film. “They were involved and invested and helpful. One took me into her family and loved me back to life. She taught me that love is not formed and families are not formed by blood. That love makes a family.”

AIDS activist Peter Staley declares that “AIDS forced the gay community out of the closet.”

“It's one of the great American civil disobedience movements,” he said.

Artist David LaChapelle talks about being bullied as a teen.

“Eighth grade was really horrendous, you know, getting milk cartons thrown at me at the cafeteria. By ninth grade it was impossible. I just dropped out of school,” LaChapelle said.

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