Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 11, Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay

Gay activist and independent historian Joey Cain speaks with Kate Raphael about the life and legacy of Harry Hay, the Communist labor organizer who founded the country's first gay rights organization in the early 1950s.

Harry Hay was a labor organizer, ranch hand, musicologist, stunt rider, actor, small business owner and Communist Party member. In 1949, he drafted a document proposing the creation of the United States' first organization of "temperamentals" -- gay men. It took two years to find one other man willing to be associated with such an enterprise, and in 1953, he and four others founded the Mattachine Society, an underground network of discussion groups. Harry later went on to co-found the Radical Faeries, a gay men's spiritual community.

Joey Cain is curator of an exhibit on Harry's life now showing at the San Francisco Main Library.  

Related Exhibitions and Events
Film screening, Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 6, pm
Filmmaker Eric Slade will be present for a Q&A
Which Side Are You On? Panel Discussion,
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 6 pm 

Both at the Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Listen now (42:31)

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