In Memory of Harry Hay

Menstuff® has compiled the following in Memory of Harry Hay.


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Harry Hay was born in England in 1912, the day the Titanic sank. His same-sex affairs began when he was a teenager, not long after he began reading 19th Century scholar Edward Carpenter, whose essays on homogenic love strongly influenced his thinking.

"No group in American history has gained widespread acceptance without showing that they brought a gift for society with them. All the successive waves of immigrants did this, whether they built the railroads and highways or provided whatever labor was needed. We know that there are many gifts we bring, but they are not well articulated for the general public. So we must tell them what gifts we bring, and in order to do so, we must first figure out what those gifts are."

"Bring gay men together in Circle to explore what the specific gifts are that we bring, things that the larger culture needs.  And once you have a consensus as to what those gifts are, begin letting the culture know exactly what it is that they are getting from us. It is in this way that we will be given respect and acceptance, not by simply demanding rights or asserting that we deserve them." -- Harry Hay

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My attitude toward anybody's sexual persuasion is this: without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. - Frank Zappa



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