(April 7, 1912-October 24, 2002)
Born in Worthing, England, United Kingdom
Birth name was Henry Hay, Jr.
Gay rights activist
Founded the Mattachine Society (1950) and the Radical Faeries (1979)
Appeared in the documentaries 'Word Is Out' (1977), 'After Stonewall' (1999) and 'Hope Along the Wind: The Story of Harry Hay' (2002)
Wrote 'Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of Its Founder' (1996)
Why he might be annoying
He had an affair with Will 'Grandpa Walton' Geer.
He was a member of the Communist Party.
He married a fellow Communist at the suggestion of a Party higher-up to whom he had confided his homosexuality.
He protested the exclusion of NAMBLA from gay rights events, and marched in a Los Angeles Pride Parade (1986) with a sign declaring 'NAMBLA walks with me.'
He was nicknamed 'Duchess.'
Why he might not be annoying
His homosexuality got him expelled from the Communist Party as a security risk.
He wrote the first manifesto of the American gay rights movement and organized the first gay pride parade.
He and life partner John Burnside were together 40 years until Hay's death.
Credit: C. Fishel
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