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The Trouble With Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Alyson Books (first published 1990)
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Zeo
Sep 16, 2012 Zeo rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbtqetc
It's one of my most heavily recommended books on West Coast queer history, not because of writing quality but because it is so information-rich and, due to the Timmons' aforementioned lack of writing quality, it's accidentally extremely unfiltered. Here's what I wrote when I first read it:


in the early mattachine days, after recieving minor newspaper publicity, some members voiced fear:

"They'll think we're activists! We'll all get into trouble."

---from stuart timmons' the trouble with harry hay

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Eli
Apr 01, 2015 Eli rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, queer, 2009
The trouble with Harry Hay is the trouble of history itself. Hay was, as are we all, a product of his time and place. When he was starting Mattachine in the early '50s, there was less of a sense of all "isms" being interconnected. The struggles of gays and those of racial minorities were not seen as linked, and the struggles of gay men were not seen as being the same as those of lesbians. Similiarly, the Radical Faeries were born at a time when we were less aware of the damage caused by cultural ...more
Michael
Mar 23, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: radical-faerie
A very dense book that gives great prespective about the life of a very complex person within Gay history. Simmon's overall focuses heavily on the the chronoligical history of Hay's life, meanwhile, I feel, not focusing as much on his philosphy. Nevertheless, builds up some ideas of Hay's motivations, struggles and history in context of the Mattachine Society, Radical Faeries and Harry's other involvement in social movement. Further, does not censor Hay's Marxist roots in activism and his ...more
Alvin
May 23, 2016 Alvin rated it really liked it
A thorough investigation of a fascinating character living through fascinating times. The book is marred only by the peculiar decision to spend as much time on the dull and irrelevant ups and downs of Hay's youthful romances as his historic work in the founding of the Mattachine Society and the Radical Faeries.
Evan
Jan 25, 2008 Evan rated it liked it
I don't recall thinking this was a particularly well-written book, but it was nonetheless an interesting biography about Harry Hay, a man who took lessons learned from unionism, and used them to organize gay men and women during the Mattachine movement of the 1950s. This was also the book that launched my Will Geer obsession (which is now, thankfully, in remission).
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Jun 11, 2014 Nil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must be read if you claim to know about gay history.
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