Register Now for Radically Gay: The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay!

Registration is now open for Radically Gay: The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay. CLAGS and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee will host a four-day conference with workshops and an evening of performances, September 27th through 30th in various venues in New York City.

A full line-up of keynote speakers and conference presenters will be announced soon. Confirmed to speak are John D’Emilio (Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities: The Making of a Homosexual Minority in the United States, 1940-1970 and Lost Prophet: Bayard Rustin and the Quest for Peace and Justice in America) and Will Roscoe (The Zuni Man-Woman and Radically Gay: Gay Liberation in the Words of Its Founder, Harry Hay).

The conference honors the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay’s birth and will explore Hay’s life and ideas and the multiple facets of LGBT life that Harry Hay himself pioneered. These aspects will be organized around four major themes: the arts, political activism, spirituality and sexual identities. The conference will feature presentations from scholars, activists and artists all exploring the evolution of LGBT life in the 60+ years since Hay and a small cohort of Californians founded the Mattachine Society.

Radically Gay: The Life & Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay will take place on September 27, 6-9pm, and September 28, 9am-9pm, in the Proshansky Auditorium and Concourse Break-Out Rooms at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (near 34th Street). The conference will continue September 29, 9am-6pm at the NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South (near West 4th Street).

A Roll in the Hay: An Evening of Performances will take place at the LGBT Center on September 29, 7-10pm at the New York City LGBT Center, 208 West 13th Street. Performances and presentations will include a film by James Broughton, a reading from The Temperamentals, a Rudi Gernreich-inspired fashion show, and the music of John Cage, people’s song, opera and cabaret. Hosted by the NYC (dis)Order of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and emceed by Justin Sayre.

On Sunday, September 30, noon to 4pm, Rosie Delicious and Chas Nol will facilitate a Heart Circle free of charge and open to all at the LGBT Center. The Heart Circle was the centerpiece of Hay’s teachings over the last decades of his life and remains a central principle of the Radical Faerie community. Hay learned the circle process from his years in San Juan Pueblo, Colorado, and used it to build community, to govern through consensus and to discover the group’s true essence as “a separate people whose time has come.” Everyone is invited to participate in the Heart Circle by speaking “from the heart” as the talisman, or talking stick is passed around the circle. Speaking is not mandatory.

Early registration is now available for online purchase (http://harryhay.eventsbot.com/). Registration ($100 regular; $60 student/ low-income) allows entrance to all conference and workshop events. Admission to performance (recommended purchase in advance) is an additional $20. Registration fees will increase after August 2nd ($120 regular; $80 student/low-income).

Visit the conference website for updates on speakers, presenters, and special events. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.