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New Silver Lake Signage Honors Pioneering GLBT Rights Group

Harry Hay organized the first meeting of the Mattachine Society on Cove Avenue in the 1950s. The Cove Avenue Steps will be renamed the Mattachine Steps on Saturday to commemorate Hay and the group.

Stop at the bottom of Cove Avenue on Silver Lake Boulevard. You will see a new sign.

It points out the soon-to-be-renamed Mattachine Steps, just above the Silver Lake Reservoir.

The Mattachine Society--which many believe to be the country's first gay rights group--had its first meeting at a home there on Nov. 11, 1950.

Harry Hay, an early gay rights activist, lived there.

He would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, will officially rededicate a section of what we have long known as the Cove Avenue Steps.

State senator Mike Gatto will also be join neighbors at the base of the stairs for the event.

He'll present a proclamation honoring Hay, who many call "the father of the gay rights movement."

A picnic on the Silver Lake Meadow will follow.

Mandy April 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
this is great!
Joan Kramer April 07, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Harry Hay was a progressive leader way ahead of his time. He was extremely courageous in all that he did. While in high school (early 60's) I was privileged to attend a discussion at someone's house about gay rights that was organized by the Mattachine Society through Radio Station KPFK. My husband knew Harry Hay and knew him to be a very generous, decent, and non-self-important person. A privilege to have known him.
lahope April 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
He had been a member of the Communist Party, but the CP did not support his efforts to organize gays, so he left the party to focus on organizing his constituency. However he learned the basics of community organizing from his time in the CP.
Pat Brown June 24, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Does anyone know the actual address of the house on Cove? It's great that there's finally a sign to honor all that Hay and his society did.

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