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Harry Hay (I) (1912–2002)

Harry Hay was born to a well-to-do family in the U.K, in 1912, and moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1919. He learned early in his life to trust his internal instinct and understanding of truth rather than blindly accept truth from authority. He was a member of the Communist Party and union supporter and advocate in the 1930s. He was the ... See full bio »

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Gay Sex Before Zippers
Word Is Out
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Before Stonewall
Before Stonewall Himself - political activist
Even: As You and I


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 2004 Paternal Instinct (Documentary) (grateful acknowledgment)
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 2002 Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay (Video documentary)
 2000 Somatography (Documentary)
 1999 After Stonewall (Documentary)
 1995 Gay Sex Before Zippers (Documentary)
 1984 Before Stonewall (Documentary)
Himself - political activist
 1983 Our Time (TV Series)
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 1979 Armee der Liebenden oder Revolte der Perversen (Documentary)
 1977 Word Is Out (Documentary)
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 2008 Fellow Travelers (Documentary short)

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In 1963, at age 51, he met John Burnside, the inventor of the teleidoscope, a variation on the kaleidoscope, who became his life partner. They moved to New Mexico in 1970 and managed a trading post on a Pueblo Indian reservation north of Santa Fe. See more »


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