The Making of A Radical


This section reviews Hay’s birth and childhood through his involvement in theater and film and onto his involvement with labor activism, the Communist Party and his music history studies.

Harry Hay's First Publicity Still, 1933

Harry HayHarry acted on both the stage and in film starting in 1933. On the back of this photo he wrote, "My first PR still, for an actor's portfolio, taken by a fine lesbian photographer, Hazel Harvey, in the Spring of 1933. This was the wrong aspect to reveal in an industry poised to go mad over the likes of Clark Gable and the 'Coop'."

1937 Christmas Block Print

Wood Block by Harry Hay

Harry designed and etched his own linoleum wood blocks.  He hand printed them to produce personal, politically inspired Christmas greeting cards.

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