Sad News: Morris Kight Passes Away

Morris Kight, a pioneer of the movement died at 8.10 am, Pacific Time, Sunday January 19, 2003.

Morris Kight was born in Texas in 1919. Since the 1940's he dedicated his life to LGBT liberation, peace activism and the progressive struggle. He was the founder of the Gay Liberation front in 1968 and a founder of Christopher Street West and organized the first Gay Pride March in LA in 1971. He was also a founder of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (the first in the US) and the Stonewall Democrats. Morris was a supporter of Labor and in the 1940's helped to organize the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers union. He was a stalwart supporter and advocate of the Coors Boycott. Morris Kight was instrumental in helping organize the Asian Pacific Islander gay and lesbian civil-rights movement in Los Angeles. A tireless crusader, Morris Kight has also served as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Human Rights Commission 1979-2001.