Red Roots Of Gay Movement
By Cliff Kincaid
September 10, 2003

It’s often said that homosexuals have always been with us, as if the "gay rights" movement has just spontaneously emerged, but the truth is that it has been traced to one man, a communist named Harry Hay. This is a story that deserves to be told as society proceeds with a debate over the extent of "gay rights."

As said in a review of a book of Harry Hay’s writings, he "is the acknowledged father…of the modern gay liberation movement." As a Communist Party organizer and historian, it said he turned out "essays, position papers, critical studies, and manifestos concerning what it means to be gay in the world." Were it not for Harry Hay, there might be no discussion of gay marriage today.

In 1998, he was invited to address the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change Conference. And after his death on October 24, 2002, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign issued laudatory press releases about him. These are the so-called mainstream gay-rights organizations today. But Hay not only promoted homosexual rights, he actively campaigned for the "rights" of pedophiles. The Boston Phoenix noted that nowhere was this more evident than in Hay’s persistent support of the right of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, NAMBLA, to march in gay-pride parades. This organization maintains a website, and its home page features a tribute to Harry Hay. It also shows a photo of him at a NAMBLA event in 1994 and a transcript of his remarks.

Hay wasn’t a member of NAMBLA, but said that he wanted to "give honor to the men who were there" for him when he was between 9 and 14 years of age and had sexual experiences. He said they "reached out in love" and "gave me the opportunity to learn love and trust at a very early age." He went on to describe sexual experiences he had with men as a young boy.

We did find a reference in the New York Times obituary of Hay as "an ardent American Communist," but bear in mind that this appeared on October 25th, 2002, one day after his death, and well after the homosexual rights movement had gained some degree of respectability. Disclosing his activities to Times readers, perhaps for the first time, the obituary declared that Harry Hay had "founded a secret organization six decades ago that proved to be the catalyst for the American gay rights movement…" It went on to say, "Although little known in the broader national culture over the years, Mr. Hay’s contribution was to do what no one else had done before: plant the idea among American homosexuals that they formed an oppressed cultural minority of their own, like blacks, and to create a lasting organization in which homosexuals could come together to socialize and to pursue what was, at the beginning, the very radical concept of homosexual rights."

This is what lies behind the drive for homosexual marriage. Their "rights" won’t end with that. They want to legalize child molestation by calling it "love." With the gay marriage debate underway, it’s time for the major media to tell the full truth about the origins and founder of this "movement."

Cliff Kincaid is the Editor of the AIM Report and can be reached at