Silver Lake Steps Dedicated to Pioneering Gay Rights Group ‘Mattachine Society’ on Harry Hay’s 100th Birthday


The Cove Avenue steps have been renamed 'The Mattachine Steps' in honor of the pioneering gay rights group founded by Harry Hay and will be dedicated tomorrow on what would have been Hay's 100th birthday, Patch reports:

MattachinestepsAt 11 a.m. on Saturday, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti will officially rededicate what we have long known as the Cove Avenue Steps. State senator Mike Gatto will also be join neighbors at the base of the stairs for the event. He'll present a proclamation honoring Hay, who many call "the father of the gay rights movement."

Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV has more:

A ceremony at the foot of the Cove Avenue Steps on Silver Lake Blvd. recognizing the site as a historic place by the City of Los Angeles. The dedication of “The Mattachine Steps” (which lead up to the house where pioneer gay activist Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society in 1950) will be followed by a Radical Faerie-hosted picnic in an adjoining park overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir (east side). Then, at 2:30, a book signing and reading of Stuart Timmon’s newly updated biography “The Trouble with Harry Hay” at nearby Stories bookstore, 1716 Sunset Blvd. (in Echo Park).


  1. Bronxboy47 says

    I attended several Mattachine Society meetings as 15 year old back in the mid-sixties in New York City. The older guys were perfect gentlemen, taking pains to make sure I was comfortable and given no reason to fear being preyed upon or unduly influenced by any of the other members. I came away from those meetings with a newly instilled sense of dignity as a homosexual. I remain in the society’s debt.

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  3. grego says

    odd editing that drags you through three paragraphs before it tells where all this occurs. My HS english teacher wouldn’t have approved.

  4. P.J says

    LOVE this! we need to make our presence known and our HISTORY shown. LGBT history is rich in triumphs, injustice, discrimination, pain but also victories and courage!. LET IT BE TOLD!

  5. Mike says

    Am glad that these steps in Echo Park were dedicated as “The Mattachine Steps” in honor of the late and great Harry Hay. However, as one who does not live in Los Angeles, were they not also used in the notable gay movie “Later Days” ? Except for the addition of a hand rail they certainly seem eerily like the ones used by director C. Jay Cox.

  6. Joe De Hoyos says

    These are not the steps in Echo Park. There are many like this in LA. These are near the reservoir in Silver Lake as the article states. Silver Lake just got gay-er. Yea!!!

  7. stevenelliot says

    re: Joe De Hoyos i dont think silver lake can get much gayer than it already is. lol

  8. Christopher™ says

    That’s cool! I had friends who owned a house on those steps and have been there several times. (I almost bought their house when it was for sale at the bottom of the market in the late 90s. Sigh.)