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For more on the Mattachine and Harry Hay, see:
Max Harris, “Claiming Pagan Origins for Carnival: Bacchanalia, Saturnalia, and Kalends,” European Medieval Drama 10 (2006), 81–82.
Max Harris, Sacred Folly: A New History of the Feast of Fools (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011), 67; Harris, “Claiming Pagan Origins for Carnival,” 106.
Julia Sutton, Elizabeth Kurtz, César Delgado Martínez, and John Forrest, “Matachins,” in The International Encyclopedia of Dance, ed. Selma Jeanne Cohen (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1998).
Stuart Timmons, The Trouble with Harry Hay: Founder of the Modern Gay Movement (Boston: Alyson, 1990), xiv, 127.
Enid Welsford, The Fool: His Social and Literary History (New York: Doubleday, 1961), 199.
ABOUT DR. ERIC CERVINI: He is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ politics and culture. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.
As an authority on 1960s gay activism, Cervini serves on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus and on the Board of Advisors of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of gay American history. His award-winning digital exhibitions have been featured in Harvard’s Rudenstine Gallery, and he has presented his research to audiences across America and the United Kingdom.
He lives in Los Angeles with his two plants, Coco Montrese and Fig O’Hara.
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