The Dream Deferred


This section explores the aftermath of the Mattachine takeover to Hay's summons before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and onto his research into anthropology, history and Native American studies to look for a gay history and being.

Harry Hay Taking the Oath at House Un-American Activities Committee, 1955.

Harry Hay taking oath at HUAC hearing
Photographer Unknown
Courtesy of University of Southern California,
on behalf of the USC Special Collections
Hay was summoned before the Un-American Activities Committee during its hearings in Los Angeles in 1955. He was questioned about his involvement in the Communist Party in the 1930s and 1940s.

Berdache After The Fall of Jerusalem in 587 BC, circa 1956

Sample of Harry Hay's research notes
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Throughout the 1950s Harry Hay pursed original research into history, literature and anthropology to find the suppressed and hidden history of gay people. His research into the Native American "berdache" laid the groundwork for later studies and the emergence of a Native American Two Spirit movement.

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