In honor of the 100th anniversary of Harry Hay's birth, CLAGS and the Harry Hay Centennial Committee will sponsor a weekend conference exploring 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.

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Sunday, September 30 • 12:00pm - 12:45am
Radical Faeries and Money

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Harry Hay’s appreciation of economic justice and the importance of economic conditions predated his founding of the Radical Faeries or the Mattachine Society. He was a member of the Communist Party first. His “visionary” perspective for the role of Gay people in society included an activism that was pragmatic and he often outreached to less empowered groups in society. He was an organizer and a leader that looked outward always for the common good. 


Today U.S. Radical Faeries maintain an entrenched, albeit marginal identity within the wide spectrum of the American gay movement. While Faeries continue to cling to gender bending, unyielding expressions of free expression, weak anarchistic social activism, and a candle that serves as a search light for what makes up “gay spirituality,” one can argue they make a much smaller impact on the common good then Hay might have wished and certainly then this author believes is possible.

In particular the conversation and ethos of money as an organizational principle has been stunted in the Radical Faerie community to the great disempowerment of this otherwise potentially powerful group. A square look at the Radical Faeries attitudes about money creates an engaging conversation.


Radical Faeries embrace “No One Turned Away For Lack of Funds”, (NOTAFLAF), but this value is becoming strained in today’s economic hard times. Faeries also live collectively in a few “sanctuaries” around the country, but most of these exist on the deeply economic margin and include a tiny fraction of the Radical Faerie community at large.


Why have the Faeries, so empowered in so many areas, failed to empower themselves financially? What break-through is available for the Radical Faerie Community within this almost taboo topic? What might empower the Radical Faeries within an hyper-capitalist society to make a greater impact on the social good?

This will be held in room 102.



Sunday September 30, 2012 12:00pm - 12:45am EDT
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center 208 West 13th Street New York, NY