Bayard Rustin

Gay rights pioneers you should just know

Article: Gay rights pioneers you should just know

After WWII, America was a hot pot of artistic activity that drew a lot of attention because of its homosexual influences. From Samuel Barber at the Met, to Gore Vidal’s The Best Man on Broadway, homosexuals were everywhere. We’re not even going to touch Hollywood back then. But without the political organizing of average citizens, social progression wouldn’t have been as successful. By now we’re all pretty familiar with the wild styles and radical politics of Harry Hay and his seminal group, the Mattachine Society. But check out a few other great and eccentric personalities that advanced civil rights for LGBTQ people in this country. Life wasn’t always one big happy musical.