The Daily Agenda for Friday, March 16

Jim Burroway

March 16th, 2012

Bayard Rustin: A Centennial Celebration for Social Justice: Greensboro, NC. Saturday is the centennial of the birth of Bayard Rustin, a leading strategist for the civil rights movement, organizer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the chief organizer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington. Being openly gay made him open to attacks from segregationists and the more militant elements of the Black Power movement. To salute his advocacy for racial and gay equality, a free conference will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend, beginning this evening at 6:30 with the screening of “Brother Outsider, the Life of Bayard Rustin”, at the New Garden Friends (Quaker) Meeting House, at 801 New Garden Road in Greensboro. While the conference is free, pre-registration is encouraged so they can plan for meals, packets and other logistics. You can pre-register here where you can find out more information on the conference schedule, speakers, etc. There will be a dance party on Saturday night.

Celebrations This Weekend: Texas Bear Roundup, Dallas, TX.

Jack Nichols: 1938. The co-founder with Frank Kameny of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Mattachine Society, Nichols was out to his parents since he age of fifteen, when he was inspired by the poems of Walt Whitman and the writings of Edward Carpenter. Beginning in 1963, he chaired the Washington Mattachine’s committee on religious concerns, which eventually became the Washington Area Council on Religion and Homosexuality. With Kameny, he led the first gay rights March in front of the White House in April, 1965, he participated in the annual marches at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on each July 4 from 1965 to 1969, and led the challenge to remove homosexuality from the APA’s list of mental disorders beginning in 1970. Nichols was among those who appeared on the 1967 documentary CBS Reports: The Homosexuals. (See March 7) He appeared under the pseudonym “Warren Adkins” to protect his FBI agent father. In 1969, he and his partner, Lige Clarke, moved to New York and founded GAY, reputed to be the first gay weekly newspaper in the US distributed on newsstands. He wrote four books: 1974’s Roommates Can’t Always be Lovers: An Intimate Guide to Male-male Relationships, 1975’s Men’s Liberation: A New Definition of Masculinity, 1996’s The Gay Agenda: Talking Back to the Fundamentalists, and 2004’s The Tomcat Chronicles: Erotic Adventures of a Gay Liberation Pioneer. He died in 2005 at his home in Florida of complications from cancer.

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March 16th, 2012

Thanks for the Jack Nichols information. Gonna look for those books.

Ben in Oakland

March 16th, 2012

I didn’t know jack and lige, but I certainly remember them. Two such handsome men living openly and joyously were a sight for my very young eyes.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but I had thought they moved to Mexico and died under mysterious circumstances. Anyone out there withvacmemory not as ancient as mine?

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