At 8 pm PST at the Radical Faerie Sanctuary in Southern Oregon. Radical Faeries at their annual summer gathering each were given a handful of crematorial remains (of John Burnside and Harry Hay) which in unison were released to the land, thus bringing these seminol figures of gay rights home one last time, (per their own request) In death as they were in life beautiful strong warrior Faggots. May you be with us forever reminding us to throw off the chains of hetero-imitation. SSSSSSSSSS!
The faeries gathered for a final memorial heart circle for the life long partners,just prior to realesing the ashes told stories had tears and shared laughter.
John Burnside passed away this last fall, surviving Harry by a number of years. The life partners were amoung the original founders of the Radical faeries, and Harry Hay was one of the intitial agitators for queer rights, as founder of the matachine society, the first gay rights advocacy organization since the fall of the German Vidmar republic, agitating in a world before Stonewall. Both life-long critics of Capitalism, and the commercialization of the gay culture and the commodification of gay men, as well as Advocates of "subject-subject" consciousness.
They will be missed, but will never be silent.
They are survived by inumberable free faggots all around the world.
Thank you and Welcome Home