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Wed May 23, 2012
Out in the Bay - May 24, 2012 - Harry Hay

Radically Gay: The Life of Harry Hay (Out in the Bay, 7pm Thursday)

Gay rights pioneer and labor activist Harry Hay is being honored with an exhibit now on display at San Francisco’s public library celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth.  He was a labor advocate, teacher and early leader in the LGBT rights movement, known for, among other things, founding the Radical Faeries in the late 1970s and the Mattachine Society -- the first sustained political gay rights group in the United States --  in the early 1950s. Hay died in 2002 at age 90.  Eric Jansen's guests on this week's Out in the Bay (7pm Thursday) are exhibit curator Joey Cain, writer and historian Will Roscoe, and Harry’s niece Sally Hay, an LGBTQ activist in Rhode Island.

Pictured:  Harry Hay with his long-time partner John Burnside in 1979, around the time they helped co-found the Radical Faeries. Photo By Mark Thompson.

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