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Of LA and Harry Hay: Stuart Timmons’ Times

 

 

GAY HISTORIAN, activist and kindhearted bohemian bon vivant, Stuart Timmons passed away peacefully on a Saturday morning in January, not long after recovering from a bout with pneumonia. Timmons had struggled physically for most of the last decade after a debilitating stroke left him cognizant but bodily disabled. He was sixty.

As a writer and historian, Timmons wrote two major works of nonfiction. The first was The Trouble With Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement (1990), the definitive biography of gay rights and gay consciousness pioneer Harry Hay. Timmons’ next work, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians (2006), co-authored with Lillian Faderman, traced the history of LGBT Angelinos from the Native American era to the fight for gay marriage. It received two Lambda Literary Awards in 2007 and played a major role in Los Angeles’ 21st-century cultural renaissance.

 

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