H arry Hay is the founder of gay liberation. Then-editor Matt Rothschild called Hay "a hero of ours," writing that he should be a household name. He wrote: "This courageous and visionary man launched the modern gay-rights movement even in the teeth of McCarthyism. According to Hay's book, Radically Gay, the performances of these fraternities satirized religious and political power. Harry Hay was one of the first to insist that lesbians and gay men deserve equality. And he placed their fight in the context of a wider political movement.
Harry Hay was born in England on the day the Titanic sank. Geer introduced Hay to the Communist Party where he became an active trade unionist and later put those organizational skills to good use as an advocate for gay rights. Since the Communist Party disapproved of homosexuals, Hay married Anita Platky in and they adopted two daughters. Inspired by an incendiary manifesto Hay had drafted, most historians mark the founding of Mattachine as the beginning of an organized gay movement in the U. When he went public with his involvement in the organization, Platky divorced him.
Harry Hay, Early Proponent of Gay Rights, Dies at 90
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Henry "Harry" Hay Jr. April 7, — October 24, was a prominent American gay rights activist, communist , and labor advocate. He was a co-founder of the Mattachine Society , the first sustained gay rights group in the United States, as well as the Radical Faeries , a loosely affiliated gay spiritual movement.