When idea for gay political organizing finally ignited
Lesbian, gay, bi and trans pride series, part 37
By Leslie Feinberg
Harry Hay, Rudi Gernreich, Dale Jennings, Bob Hull and Chuck Rowland met for the first of a series of weekly meetings at Hay’s home in the Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles on Nov. 11, 1950, to discuss organizing for homosexual emancipation.
Each of the five brought their own history of activist mettle and revolutionary perspective to this bodacious initiative.
Rudi Gernreich was a gay Jewish immigrant from Vienna who knew about the rise of the German Homosexual Emancipation Movement. He had fled fascism and immigrated to the U.S. as a 16-year-old.
Gernreich and Hay had been organizing to stop the U.S. war against Korea and to bring the GIs home.
Hull and Hay were still members of the Communist Party USA,