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|Laborfest: Harry Hay-Gay Rights Forefather & Labor Organizer|
|Date||Wednesday July 11|
|Time||6:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
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|SF Main Library Koret Auditorium - 100 Larkin St., San Francisco. All buses and trains going on or under Market and Mission Street to Larkin, 9th Street, Civic Center BART/Muni Metro station. Buses: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49.|
Which Side Are You On? Harry Hay and Labor Organizing
Panel Discussion with Chris Carlsson, Bettina Aptheker and others, moderated by Joey Cain.
Gay labor activist Harry Hay helped lay the foundation for the modern lesbian and gay rights movement.
In 1934, Harry Hay attended the legendary Longshoreman’s Strike in San Francisco, known as the San Francisco General Strike, to perform agit-prop theatre with his lover Will Geer. During one of their performances, bullets rang out as the National Guard opened fire on the workers. Several workers were killed in that melee, but more would be killed before the government’s crack down on the strike ended. The strike culminated with a funeral march on Market Street, San Francisco’s main street, which was the largest public demonstration to take place in its day.
Radically Gay: The Life Of Harry Hay: An Exhibition on the Founder of the Gay Rights Movement, Main Library.
The exhibition includes his early years through his labor activism, and strong involvement with the Communist Party, to his founding of the Mattachine Society, the first gay activist group in America, and co-founding of the gay men’s spirit group, the Radical Faeries. An actor, Communist labor organizer, musicologist, gay theoretician and political activist, Hay left a lasting mark that continues well into the 21st century.