Born: November 19, 1919, Comanche County, Texas, United States
Died: January 19, 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States
Education: Texas Christian University
Lived: 1822 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA (34.06055, -118.27037)
Organizations founded: Gay Liberation Front, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Morris Kight was a gay rights pioneer and peace activist, based in Los Angeles. He is considered one of the original founders of the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States. In 1958, Kight moved to Los Angeles, where he was the founder or co-founder of many gay and lesbian organizations. The first such organization was the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in October 1969, the third GLF in the country (after New York and Berkeley). By the next year, there were over 350 GLF organizations around the country. He had a longtime companion named Roy Zucheran, whom he met in 1978. Three days before his death, he donated his memorabilia and archives to the National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles. UCLA also has possession of some of his archives. There is a Chinese magnolia tree and a bronze plaque dedicated to him at the Matthew Shepard Triangle in West Hollywood. Morris Kight used to visit this park weekly to tidy up the area, water and plant new flowers. He encouraged others to do the same.
Together from 1978 to 2003: 25 years.
Morris Kight (November 19, 1919 - January 19, 2003)
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Though his work focused on Los Angeles, Morris Kight's contributions to the LGBTQ community have spanned the globe. The Gay Community Services Center (now the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center) has grown into the world's largest provider of LGBTQ programs and services. Since Christopher Street West's founding march in 1970 in Los Angeles, gay pride parades and festivals are not only celebrated across the U.S. during the month of June, but also across six continents. Kight remained an influential LGBTQ rights activist late in life. In 1987, he served as a leader of the Second National March on Washington for Gay Rights. The following year, he received a lifetime achievement award from the West Hollywood City Council.
Address: 1822 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA (34.06055, -118.27037)
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Who: Morris Kight (November 19, 1919 - January 19, 2003)
Morris Kight is considered one of the founding fathers of the American LGBTQ civil rights movement. Though little is known about his Los Angeles residence, this modest Craftsman home in the Westlake neighborhood—a hub of LGBTQ social activity in the twentieth century—helped form the backdrop to his work as activist and gay rights pioneer. Born and raised in Texas, Kight moved to Los Angeles in 1958, where he would go on to co-found several prominent LGBTQ rights organizations. The most notable of these is the Commitee for Homosexual Freedom, which became the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in 1969. At the time of the GLF's founding in Los Angeles, two other chapters of the GLF were flourishing in Berkeley and New York. Kight also spearheaded the creation of the Gay Community Services Center, which today is known as the Los Angeles LGBT Center. In 1970, Kight co-founded the Christopher Street West gay pride parade in Los Angeles, the first gay pride parade and festival in the world and still a model for pride events across the globe.
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