Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 18:02:34 -0700 (PDT)

Film on Harry Hay, Pinko Queer Fairy, & Founder of Modern Gay Movement

Irvine -- Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, on Friday, July 13 features an interview with Stuart Timmons, the author of a biography on Harry Hay, the co-founder of the Mattachine Society, an early homophile movement organization. Mr. Hay is featured in a new documentary, "Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay", a film that premiered last month at the San Francisco International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and will be showing Sunday and Wednesday at OutFest in Los Angeles. Mr. Timmons, a freelance writer, is also the screen-writer for the documentary. The film is directed by Eric Slade.

Mr. Hay, who was active in the labor movement and the Communist Party USA, and later helped found Radical Faeries, is considered a founder of the modern American gay movement. He was instrumental in forming the Mattachine with ideas radical for its time. He took independent stands, including marching at a gay parade in support of Nambla, the pederast-support group in Los Angeles in face of mounted police called in by Christopher Street West parade organizers to remove him.

The show airs on Subversity on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, California, on Friday, July 13, 2001 from 5-6 p.m. Pacific time, and is Web-cast via

Mr. Timmons has written about subversive issues for more than 20 years, possibly earning more enemies than admirers. His 1990 biography, The Trouble With Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement (Alyson, 1990) became a Book-of-the-Month Club paperback selection and was excerpted in the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Timmons uncovered a campaign by gay guru David Mixner to lobby AIDS organizations against Prop 186, a California Single-Payer healthcare initiative, who failed to disclose that he was a paid lobbyist of the insurance industry. Mr. Timmons has also written a series of exposes about the AIDS Rides, which turned fund-raiser Dan Pallotta into a millionaire. Most recently, Mr. Timmons has written about environmental racism, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and downtown business interests. Mr. Timmons consulted and wrote "Hope Along the Wind: The Life of Harry Hay."

A collection of essays by Mr. Hay, including why he marched with Nambla, appears in Radically Gay : Gay Liberation in the Words of its Founder by Harry Hay, edited by Will Roscoe (Beacon Press, 1996).

Outfest 2001 info:
Show Times for Hope Along the Wind:
Program #: 35 Date: 7/15/2001
Time: 5:00pm Venue: Village
Program #: 70 Date: 7/18/2001
Time: 4:30 PM Venue: Village
Village is: LA Gay and Lesbian Center's Village at Ed Gould Plaza 1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles
Major cross streets: one block east of Highland, one block north of Santa Monica


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