Covering Up for Harry: Our Dishonest News Media

There was a time when homosexuals weren’t always in our faces, announcing their needs and telling us how alienated they feel living in a world where the other ninety-eight percent of the population is capable of relating emotionally to persons of the other sex. There was a time when homosexuals kept their quirks private. That was before Harry Hay.

Six decades ago, Harry Hay founded a secret organization called the Mattachine Society. Its name was derived from a medieval French term for male dancers who sometimes satirized social customs while dressed only in masks. Harry was a visionary; he sought to organize American homosexuals around the notion that they were an oppressed cultural minority, like black people, who should agitate for homosexual rights. He began in Los Angeles in 1950, at a time when virtually no one identified himself publicly as homosexual and at a time when the American Psychiatric Association defined homosexuality as a mental illness.

In 1948, Harry Hay was middle-aged and living with his wife, Anita Platsky, whom he had married to conceal his homosexuality, and their two adopted daughters, when he was seized by the vision of a secret society for homosexuals. Harry was an ardent Communist, an aspiring actor and a disaffected Catholic. One summer night in ’48 he attended an all-male party in L.A. and ruminated aloud about whether the Progressive Party candidate for president, Henry Wallace, might include a sexual privacy plank in his platform in return for the support of homosexuals. That night, while his wife and daughters slept, Harry scribbled the gay movement’s first political manifesto with its organizing principle that gays were an oppressed minority. Harry’s first chose to call his group Bachelors Anonymous. It took him more than two years to recruit four other male homosexuals. Two of them had been Communist Party members; the third, Dale Jennings, was arrested the following year for soliciting sex from a policeman. The fourth man was Harry’s lover, a Viennese immigrant named Rudi Gernreich, who would later become renowned (notorious?) as the designer of the topless bathing suit for women. Harry’s Mattachine Society hired a lawyer to defend Dale Jennings against the solicitation charge, claiming police entrapment, and won an acquittal.

As the Mattachine Society added chapters across America, it grew wary of Harry’s Communist Party affiliation and forced him out. The communists rejected Harry’s homosexuality after he divorced his wife in the late 1950s. More than two decades later, Harry formed the Radical Faeries, who were given to gay spirituality, mud baths and ecstatic dance rituals.

The New York Times published an obituary of Harry Hay on October 25, 2002 that ran for 35 column inches. This was followed by a glowing article about Harry on October 30th and yet another in the choice Sunday magazine section of the Times on December 29th. The Times couldn’t tell us enough about Harry Hay, the founder of gay liberation, who had died at age 90. These fawning articles pretty much covered Harry’s entire life, including his anti-draft and anti-war activities and his work with Native American activists. The Times even made mention of Harry’s participation in the Communist Party agitation that led to a union strike that closed the Port of San Francisco in 1934. So it’s mighty peculiar that the New York Times, the newspaper of record, the paper all the other papers and all the television networks look to for direction, somehow never got around to mentioning that Harry Hay was an enthusiastic supporter of NAMBLA, The North American Man-Boy Love Association, which advocates the abolition of all age-of-consent laws. Yup, Harry was an advocate of pedophile rights, which he believed was an organic dimension of gay rights.

The New York Times was not alone in this glaring omission; in fact, not a single mainstream media outlet included this revealing fact in its Harry Hay obituary and retrospective. A Nexis database search of Harry Hay obituaries from over 30 newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press and Time magazine, turned up not even one mention of Harry Hay’s enthusiastic encouragement of NAMBLA activities, though all of them knew about it. This is a perfect example of how the liberal mainstream news media sanitize their news coverage of the gay community and the gay social agenda.

Likewise, when the poet Allan Ginsberg died, the media were effusive in their praise of him; they unleashed a tidal wave of ink to convince us of what a wonderful guy the poet had been, but somehow they never got around to disclosing that Ginsberg was a life-long pederast. Not one media scribbler recalled Ginsberg’s quote that “Attacks on NAMBLA stink of politics, witch hunting for profit, humorlessness, vanity, anger and ignorance…I’m a member of NAMBLA because I love boys too – everybody does, who has a little humanity.” Just imagine what the liberal media are “forgetting” to tell you about the entire gay agenda.

In the eighties and nineties, as gay activists began to sanitize their public image, NAMBLA was asked not to make its customary appearance in the Gay Pride parades. This snub outraged Harry Hay and other up-front gays. In 1994, Harry Hay was a signer of the “Spirit of Stonewall” proclamation that argued against banning NAMBLA from the New York “pride” parade. The Spirit of Stonewall (SOS) proclamation read in part: “Stonewall was a spontaneous action of marginal people oppressed by the mainstream – teenaged drag queens, pederasts, transsexuals, hustlers, and others despised by respectable straights and ‘discreet’ homosexuals.

“SOS is an ad hoc committee of lesbian, gay and other individuals and groups formed to bring Stonewall 25 [celebrating the 25th anniversary of the riots] back to the principles of gay liberation. We focus on one of the most glaring departures from those principles: the attempt to exclude [NAMBLA].

“NAMBLA’s record as a responsible gay organization is well known. NAMBLA was spawned by the gay community and has been in every major gay and lesbian march…NAMBLA’s call for the abolition of age of consent is not the issue. NAMBLA is a bona fide participant in the gay and lesbian movement. NAMBLA deserves strong support in its rights of free speech and association and its member’s protection from discrimination and bashing”

This is an amazing document. It clearly states that the “oppressed minority” that Harry Hay sought to “liberate” was well represented by people whose behavior and psychology were a first-class ticket to social marginalization: hustlers, drag queens, the sexually confused, the surgically refurbished, and child molesters, to name a few. It is the primal urge of this jumbled stew of oddballs, later to be dubbed the “gay community” for political purposes, that drives today’s gay agenda: the legitimization of freakish sexual perspectives. In its blunt assertion of the raw gay essence, the Spirit of Stonewall declaration puts the lie to the cosmetically enhanced portraits of gays that appear regularly on the pages of publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s New York Times. In its heartfelt plea to protect child molesters “from discrimination and bashing” the Stonewall declaration confirmed mainstream America’s well-founded skepticism of the gay agenda. NAMBLA was welcomed with open arms at all the gay pride events until it became a political liability.

When the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade excluded NAMBLA, Harry Hay taunted the parade organizers by marching in their parade wearing a sandwich board emblazoned with the words “NAMBLA Walks With Me.” This moment is included by Hay’s biographer, Stuart Timmons, in his The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement. The book includes a photo of Harry sporting his NAMBLA sandwich board. This book was widely quoted in Hay’s numerous obituaries, so the media liberals must have seen this photo, and yet they all concealed it from the American public. That’s called lying by omission.

No mainstream media outlet mentioned the essay Harry Hay wrote for the pederasty magazine GAYME, which is produced by former NAMBLA Bulletin editor Bill Audriette. Only Armistead Maupin mentioned in a passing sentence that Harry Hay had studied “berdachism, the Native American practice of raising ‘third gender’ children as spiritual intermediaries between the sexes.”

Clearly, the mainstream media treat gay issues dishonestly. The media liberals are acting in collusion with the gay activists. Conventions for gays in the media draw hundreds of gay media executives, which means that many in the media are themselves unidentified gay activists. They have a personal stake in the gay agenda and their self-serving bias is coloring the way they present every gay issue.

In September 1999, NBC Today Show co-anchor Katie Couric was the speaker at a four-day convention hosted by the Atlanta chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, which attracted more than 500 journalists from across America and Canada. Also featured was Richard Kaplan, the president of CNN. According to their press release, The National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association “works within newsrooms to foster fair and accurate coverage of lesbian and gay issues…” and “currently has 1,350 members and 23 chapters in the United States and Canada with an affiliate in Germany.” In other words, homosexuals are filtering and spinning the mainstream media’s reportage of homosexual activities.

Before the aggressive push by gay activists to infiltrate mainstream American culture, The North American Man-Boy Love Association was considered by gays to be just another gay organization. Here’s a quote from The Big Gay Book: A Man’s Survival Guide for the 90s, by John Preston: “Sex between youths and adults is one of the most difficult issues in the gay movement. When does a youngster have the right and the power to make his own sexual decisions? How are laws against intergenerational sex used specifically to target gay men? What are the issues that make the romantic image of the Greek teacher and his student in times of antiquity turn into something ugly and forbidden in the modern age? If you want to explore these issues, NAMBLA is the organization that will supply you with brochures, thought-provoking books and booklets.” Greek teacher and his student? This is delusional. Perhaps it’s time for gays to stop bragging about their superior social insight.

The Big Gay Book might also have mentioned that NAMBLA stands at the ready to inform all the gay guys who work in your office and live in your neighborhood that it is possible for a fully grown gay guy to have hot pumpin’ anal intercourse with a five-year-old boy. All that is necessary is to prep the kindergartner with a pre-sodomy enema. The helpful NAMBLA team will even convince all agy inquirers that the randy tike craves the gay guy’s amorous attentions.

In 1989, a NAMBLA member was arrested in Thailand and charged with running a bogus orphanage that was a front for child prostitution. NAMBLA spokesgay Bill Andriette insists his organization knew nothing about the orphanage, a claim the police found laughable.

NAMBLA continues to argue for the abolition of all age-of-consent laws, which has made them political poison. “I have been trying to convince the NAMBLA people for years that they should argue for an age of 14 or 15, something that people could see as a little more reasonable,” said William A. Percy, professor of history at the University of Massachusetts/Boston and the author of Pederasty and Pedagogy in Archaic Greece. “But they’re a small group of inbred and fanatical ideologues. They only talk to each other. They won’t listen to ideas of compromise.” With all due respect to the professor, even a “compromise” age-of-consent of 15 years as a barrier to gay sexual predation makes this father’s trigger finger twitch.

On the Internet aging gays post pained and rapturous poetry about their ten-year-old neighbors and ruminate about the best places to take a 13-year-old date, and swap stories about the best ways to bamboozle an unsuspecting mother.

Harry Hay, the founder of gay liberation, would want you to sympathize with these long-suffering boy lovers because they had been “marginalized” by society. Harry imagined the NAMBLA gays to be an oppressed minority. Could it be that the founder of gay liberation was, himself, a delusional ideologue? Don’t ask the New York Times.

In the early ‘90s gays were embarrassed by Christian organizations that used videotaped evidence of NAMBLA’s warm welcome at every gay-pride event to awaken Americans to the implications of embracing the gay agenda. Now that gays are seeking increased legitimacy and social influence, the queers of NAMBLA are “officially” condemned. Gay bookstores are putting the NAMBLA Bulletin out of sight for the first time.

Ed Hermance, owner of Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia says he yanked the NAMBLA Bulletin only after his staff threatened to strike. Says gay guy Hermance: “I think it’s a strange day for gay culture when we start banning something because it makes us uncomfortable. Especially when that thing is a foundation of gay literature. If we pulled all the books that had adult-youth sexual themes, we wouldn’t have many novels, memoirs, or biographies left.” Mr. Hermance is describing the gay counterculture, complete with its own literature and its alien world view, that mainstream America will be embracing if it legalizes gay marriage, gay adoption, etc. America does not have the luxury of accepting only those parts of the gay counterculture that it finds endearing. Gay culture is all of a piece, so it’s all or nothing.

Not to be outdone, lesbian feminist Gayle Rubin tells us that “Youth Liberation has argued for some time that young people should have the right to have sex as well as not to have it, and with whom they choose. The statutory structure of the sex laws has been identified as oppressive and insulting to young people. A range of sexual activities are legally defined as molestation, regardless of the quality of the relationship or the amount of consent involved.” (Leaping Lesbians, Feb. 1978). So the lesbians want to play “Greek teacher” also. In this case, something called Youth Liberation is being used as a cover for the panting desire of lesbians to lunch on our daughters.

The Advocate published a two-part article by lesbian theorist Pat Califia which critiqued American age-of-consent laws and, according to Ms. Califia, “spurred discussion about the sexuality of young people, intimate relationships between man and boys, and the dangerous implications of banning all erotic images of minors.”

Said the lesbian theorist, “True, not all younger dykes are interested in older women. But if a woman is interested in having a cross-generational lover, I cannot think of one good reason – apart from the threat of persecution – why she should deny herself such a relationship.” Says the lesbian, “Minors who are given the power to say ‘no’ to being sexually used by an abusive parent or relative are also going to assume the right to say ‘yes’ to other young people and adults whom they desire. You can’t liberate children and adolescents without disrupting the entire hierarchy of adult power and coercion and challenging the hegemony of anti-sex fundamentalist religious values.”

What a mouthful. It’s pure LesboSpeak boilerplate. Let’s unpack it: Lesbian theorist Pat Califia is saying that if a loving parent gives his (her) child a loving lesson that the loved child has the God-given right to say “no” to the sly sexual predations of a warped adult, then that parent has simultaneously granted that child full sexual autonomy and permission to shout “yes! yes! yes!” to the sexual advances of an adult whom the child “desires,” an adult with a teddy bear, perhaps, or a beautiful doll, or a video game, or candy.

According to the lesbian theorist, once the child has been given permission to say “no”, the child has been, somehow, “liberated” and once the child is liberated in this mysterious fashion “the entire hierarchy of adult power and coercion” is disrupted. This sounds grand until you understand that “the entire hierarchy of adult power and coercion” that this lesbian theorist is railing against is really just two parents who are scared witless that their loved child may become the object of sexual desire of some cunning adult.

Ms. Califia is not doing the children of the world any favors by spouting this line of crap. It’s a shame that she can’t see that “the hegemony of anti-sex fundamentalist religious values” that she finds so confining is just the commonsense consensus of normal people that adults ought to direct their expressions of sexual love toward other adults and allow children an uninterrupted period of maturation. Her reasoning is rubbish, but she has given us the gift of an invaluable insight into the world view of the homosexual. Consider it a warning.

If the gay countercultures, both gay and lesbian, are given increased legitimacy by the extension of a marriage privilege, or adoption rights or any other legitimizing power, then that newfound legitimacy will be used to further the hidden remainder of the gay agenda in our schools, in the law, in government, in the barracks, and in private institutions and associations. Every cultural institution that was created to support normal heterosexual relationships for the health and continuance of our civilization, will be distorted by an aggressively expanding gay comfort zone that seeks to serve an alien gay sensibility. The mainstream news media have already been colonized by gay activists who spin doctor every story and every image that Big Journalism presents to you in their ceaseless effort to expand their personal gay comfort zone. That zone has been expanding continuously since that long-ago summer evening in 1948 when a gay communist named Harry Hay thought to re-imagine a subterranean world populated by sexual oddballs as an “oppressed minority.”

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Thomas Clough
Copyright 2004
June 16, 2004