The Dream Reborn


This section discusses the first Radical Faeries gathering through Hay's involvement in the anti-draft movement, Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Coalition, and ongoing gay activism, as well as his and Burnside's move to San Francisco and Hay’s death in 2002.

Call for first Radical Faerie gathering, 1979

Poster advertising first Radical Fairy gathering

Harry and John organized the first gathering with gay activist Don Kilhefner and gay psychologist Mitch Walker. The organizers expected 50 people and more than200 showed up. The gathering sparked the now international Radical Faerie movement.

Hay protesting Dan White's parole, 1984

Harry Hay Protesting Dan White's Parole
Photographer: Anne Knudsen, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner Collection, Courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library.

Hay was involved in organizing the protests against the planned release to Los Angeles of Dan White, the assassin of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and gay Supervisor Harvey Milk.

Harry Hay and John Burnside In Moscow, 1991

Harry and John were part of the delegation from the United States to the first ever Gay and Lesbian Conference in Russia in 1991.

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