Morris Kight:  Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist

Morris Kight: Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist

A Story of Gay rights and Gay Wrongs

by Mary Ann Cherry

Published by: Process

424 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 21 color photos, 70 Black and white images (photos, flyers)

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781934170809
  • Published: May 2020


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Morris Kight, an exciting rebel among rebels, came to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s and immediately addressed the needs of a marginalized fraction of society: gay men. He wrote his phone number on walls in jails and bars to offer help with an underground bail fund, private counseling, and backroom treatment for STDs. This was the beginning of a community where there was none.
Influential in the anti-war movement in the 60s, Kight then parlayed his energies into the post-Stonewall bi-coastal gay revolution. Through coalition building, he created a seat at the table of social reform for homosexuals.
This biography tells Kight’s personal tale entwined with a narrative of activism and the gay rights movement.
Though Kight is included in many anthologies, historical narratives, and feature-length documentaries, this book is the first in-depth analysis of the man, the activist.