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Finding aid of the Allen Young Papers
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Manuscripts, survey responses, correspondence, galley proofs, notes, and miscellaneous typescripts created and collected by writer, journalist and activist Allen Young. The bulk of the collection consists of materials relating to the gay male portion of The Gay Report: Lesbians and Gay Men Speak Out About Sexual Experiences & Lifestyles (1979), the first comprehensive survey of the homosexual community, which Young co-authored with writer Karla Jay. The collection also includes materials relating to the article, "The Gay Report on Sexually Transmitted Diseases," published in the American Journal of Public Health (1981), on which Young collaborated with Karla Jay, Don Barrett and William W. Darrow.
Allen Young was born in Liberty, New York in 1941, and spent his childhood on a poultry farm in the Catskill Mountains. An openly gay writer, journalist and activist, he earned an MA from Columbia School of Journalism and a second MA from Stanford University's Institute of Latin American Studies. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the Inter-American Press Association, which allowed him to live and research in Brazil and Chile. Young has written on gay liberation, politics and Latin America for numerous publications, including The Advocate, Gay Sunshine, The Body Politic, Fag Rag, Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times and the New Left Review (London). He has also been a staff writer for The Washington Post and the Liberation News Service, and was once characterized by the CIA as an "infamous homosexual writer."
3 archive boxes + 3 archive cartons + 2 oversize flat boxes (6.2 linear feet).
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