Gay Pioneers Celebrating Jim Kepner’s Life at Hollywood Event  

Makers of 50 Years of History Assembling at Oscars Awards Theatre 

Badpuppy’s Jack Nichols to be Among those in the Vanguard Honored 


Compiled by Badpuppy’s GayToday 
From a ONE Institute Report
On Friday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m., notable speakers, entertainers and a historical multi-media presentation will grace Hollywood’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where, annually, the Oscars are presented.  The purpose of this gathering will be to celebrate the life and times of pioneering archivist and journalist, Jim Kepner, the past 50 years of the gay and lesbian rights movement.  

Participant-pioneers (alphabetically listed) will include Jeanne Barney,; Bob Basker; Lisa Ben; Malcolm Boyd & Mark Thompson; Vern Bullough; Rev. Flo Fleischman; Hal Cal; Barbara Gittings and Kay Lahusen; Lee Glaze; Harry Hay & John Burnside; Dale Jennings; Philip Johnson; Frank Kameny; Judd Marmor; Del Martin & Phyllis Lyon; George Mortenson; Eldon Murray; Jack Nichols; John O’Brien; Rev. Troy Perry; Ernie Potvin; Stella Rush; Eddie Sandifer; Jose Sarria; Adelle Starr; Rev. Jerome Stevens; Randolfe Wicker and others. 

Emcees will include Actor/playright Michael Kearns and Comedian/activist Robin Tyler. The event is being hosted by ONE Institute, International Gay and Lesbian Archives, whose executive director, John O’Brien, has planned it since the passing of Jim Kepner last November. 

In a statement that appears on the back cover of Kepner’s posthumously published book,  Rough News and Daring Views, Jack Nichols, senior editor for Badpuppy’s GayToday, says of Kepner that he was “a pioneering giant on whose shoulders much of what is best in American gay news coverage and commentary rests.”  

ONE Institute says of Kepner that he had “a monumental impact on the American Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Movement and for fifty years remained out in front and active. A pioneer Gay journalist, essayist and scholar, he influenced the way we feel about ourselves. He was one of the first to teach courses in Lesbian and Gay Studies. A tireless bibliophile and chronicler of Gay history, his personal library started in 1942, grew to become the world’s largest archival collection of Gay and Lesbian materials. He was the founder of many activist and cultural organizations including the ONE Institute, International Gay and Lesbian Archives.” 

Reservations are required for free tickets, limited to 1,000 available seats. To leave name(s) and guarantee seats, call (310) 854-0271.  Tickets can be picked up only at the theatre on the night of the event starting at 6:30 p.m.