Radical Faeries

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The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and countercultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through secular spirituality.wikipedia
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Counterculture

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The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and countercultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through secular spirituality.
Gay liberation (considered a precursor of various modern LGBT social movements) was known for its links to the counterculture of the time (e.g. groups like the Radical Faeries), and for the gay liberationists' intent to transform or abolish fundamental institutions of society such as gender and the nuclear family; in general, the politics were radical, anti-racist, and anti-capitalist in nature.

Harry Hay

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The Radical Faerie movement was founded in California in 1979 by gay activists Harry Hay and Don Kilhefner who wanted to explore consciousness and create an alternative to what they saw as the assimilationist attitude of the mainstream U.S. gay community.
He was a founder of the Mattachine Society, the first sustained gay rights group in the United States, as well as the Radical Faeries, a loosely affiliated gay spiritual movement.

Spiritual Conference for Radical Fairies

Influenced by the legacy of the counterculture of the 1960s, they held the first Spiritual Conference for Radical Fairies in Arizona in September 1979.
The Spiritual Conference for Radical Fairies was organized as a "call to gay brothers" by early gay rights advocates Harry Hay and Don Kilhefner.

Two-spirit

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Radical Faerie communities are sometimes inspired by indigenous, native or traditional spiritualities, especially those that incorporate genderqueer sensibilities.
Pember notes the involvement of non-Native Will Roscoe who, like his also non-Native mentor Harry Hay, is involved in the hippie/counterculture gay men's group, the Radical Faeries, a "non-Native community that emulates Native spirituality" and engages in other forms of cultural appropriation.

Don Kilhefner

The Radical Faerie movement was founded in California in 1979 by gay activists Harry Hay and Don Kilhefner who wanted to explore consciousness and create an alternative to what they saw as the assimilationist attitude of the mainstream U.S. gay community.
He founded and co-founded multiple gay organizations, including the Radical Faeries and the LA Community Services Center (now the Los Angeles LGBT Center) and Van Ness Recovery House.

Modern Paganism

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Sometimes deemed a form of modern Paganism, the movement also adopts elements from anarchism and environmentalism.
On the eclectic side has been placed Wicca, Thelema, Adonism, Druidry, the Goddess Movement, Discordianism and the Radical Faeries.

RFD (magazine)

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Encouraging a back-to-the-land ethos among gay men, it critiqued the "adamant heterosexuality" of existing rural magazines and so began publishing RFD: A Magazine for Country Faggots.
While predating the Radical Faeries, the magazine and the movement have long been associated.

Mitchell L. Walker

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Although Kilhefner and a later, pivotal member, Mitch Walker, broke from Hay in 1980, the movement continued to grow, having expanded into an international network soon after the second Faerie gathering in 1980.
In 1979, Walker co-created with activists Harry Hay, John Burnside, and Don Kilhefner the first gay-centered spiritual movement, the Radical Faeries, a loosely affiliated, worldwide network and counter-cultural movement seeking to reject hetero-imitation and redefine queer identity through spirituality.

Arthur Evans (author)

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There were some gay-oriented spiritual movements that preceded the Radical Faeries; in 1976, the gay activist and writer Arthur Evans founded "the Faery Circle" in his Haight Street apartment in San Francisco, in which he and twelve other gay men followed a form of gay-oriented contemporary Paganism devoted to the god Dionysus.
The gay pagan-inspired group was devoted to ritual play, and later influenced the Radical Faeries.

Religion and LGBT people

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The Radical Faeries are a worldwide queer spiritual movement, founded in 1979 in the United States.

Mark Thompson (author)

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The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley includes bronze boot prints that honor 28 people important to the local leather communities, including Mark Thompson, a co-founder of Black Leather Wings, and Alexis Sorel, a Black Leather Wings member.
While in college, he became a gay activist and joined the Radical Faeries.

Benson, Arizona

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Kilhefner identified an ideal location from an advert in The Advocate; the Sri Ram Ashram was a gay-friendly spiritual retreat in the desert near Benson, Arizona, owned by an American named Swami Bill.

Mattachine Society

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Hay was a veteran of gay rights activism, having been a longstanding activist in the Communist Party USA prior to becoming a founding member of the Mattachine Society in 1950.

Running Water Farm

Running Water Farm was the location of several gatherings of the Radical Faeries movement between 1978 and 1989.

John Burnside (inventor)

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This event convinced Hay and his partner John Burnside that they should leave their home in New Mexico and move to Los Angeles, where they settled into a 1920s house on the eastern edge of Hollywood.
In the late 1970s, they founded, with Don Kilhefner and Mitch Walker, the Radical Faeries.

Shortbus

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Faeries were a contributing influence to the 2006 John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, including the casting of performance artist Justin Vivian Bond.
One was the monthly "Shortbus Sweaty Teenage Dance Party" organized by Mitchell (2002) as "DJ Dear Tic", his Radical Faerie nickname (Mitchell was influenced by annual Radical Faerie counter-cultural gatherings in Tennessee and New Orleans).

Subject-SUBJECT consciousness

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Hay gave a welcoming speech in which he outlined his ideas regarding Subject-SUBJECT consciousness, calling on those assembled to "throw off the ugly green frogskin of hetero-imitation to find the shining Faerie prince beneath".

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

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Participants at the 1979 Faerie gathering helped establish the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco that same year.

Wiccan views on LGBT people

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The Feri Tradition should not be confused, however, with other spiritual traditions bearing the name Faery (including the Radical Faeries as well as branches of Wicca that focus on fairy/faery lore.)

Justin Vivian Bond

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Faeries were a contributing influence to the 2006 John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, including the casting of performance artist Justin Vivian Bond.
In the movie, directed by fellow Radical Faerie John Cameron Mitchell, Bond played the mistress of ceremonies at the eponymous avant-garde salon Shortbus, singing the Scott Matthew number, "In the End," to the music of the Hungry March Band.

New York City Drag March

In the late 1990s Faeries sustained the New York City Drag March, an activist event held the Friday before the corporate-sponsored NYC Pride March.
Harmonie continued to organize the event for the next few years before moving out of state, New York City Radical Faeries stepped in with Hucklefaery, a Radical Faerie and Sister of Perpetual Indulgence, becoming involved in 1998.

John Cameron Mitchell

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Faeries were a contributing influence to the 2006 John Cameron Mitchell film Shortbus, including the casting of performance artist Justin Vivian Bond.
He is a Radical Faerie, which was influential in Mitchell's making of Shortbus.

Social network

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The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and countercultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through secular spirituality.

Queer

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The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and countercultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through secular spirituality.

Consciousness

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The Radical Faeries are a loosely affiliated worldwide network and countercultural movement seeking to redefine queer consciousness through secular spirituality.