Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 4, Harry Hay

4 Jun

Harry Hay

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to Harry Hay.  Hay founded the Mattachine Society, a leftist gay liberation organization which worked for the civil rights of homosexuals during the 1950s.  The Mattachine Society was tied to the Community Party during the age of McCarthyism here in the United States, which made it difficult to secure consistent leadership.  Many members left the society in fear of the consequences being carried out by McCarthy’s henchmen.

Years later, Hay and his partner John Burnside would look to the Mattacine Society and Native American cultures that revered gays for inspiration to start the Radical Faeries in 1979. Today, I am aware of two Radical Faerie communes that still exist; one in Tennessee and one here in Oregon.  To learn more about Harry Hay, click here.

2 Responses to “Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 4, Harry Hay”

  1. Podunk June 4, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    You know what drives me nuts about your articles? The fact that it’s like reading a book and having to break out the dictionary every five minutes. Seriously, I haven’t heard of half the things you write about so I’ve got another tab open when I read your stuff just so I can look up what the hell you’re writing about. Radical Faerie communes? Holy hell did I have to look that one up. Weird but still interesting. And I don’t mean weird in a bad way.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Dear heart, your comment speaks volumes about you, in a most wonderful way! The fact that you read items that you don’t always agree with and that you look up information/words you don’t know says that you are engaged and you are an intellect. Quite honestly, your comment here warmed my heart!

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