The Gay Activist’s Alliance



A march organised by the Gay Activists Alliance | Undated | Location unknown | Public domain | 14310

The Gay Activist’s Alliance was one of the first gay political groups to form following the Stonewall Riot and was founded on December 21, 1969 when people split off from the Gay Liberation Front with the goal to to secure basic human rights, dignity and freedom for all gay people. They published the Gay Activist newspaper until 1980.

GAA first met at the Church of the Holy Apostles in New York City, moving to the Firehouse at 99 Wooster Street in Soho which was occupied in May 1971 and burned down by arsonists on October 15, 1974.


Activist Jim Owles being arrested at a demo | Grey Villet/Life Magazine Archives/Getty | 14311

One of the GAA’s favourite activities was the “zap” which they pioneered, at the suggestion of Marty Robinson.

The organisation is no longer active.



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