Steven F. Dansky, writer, photographer, and activist, was an initial member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), New York City, in 1969 after the Stonewall Rebellion.He worked on the GLFnewspaper Come Out!.In 1970, he wrote, “Hey Man,” a polemical essay that was published in Come Out!, Gay Flames, and RAT.The controversial essay, critical of gay male sexism, advocated gay male living collectives and supported the right of gay men to be involved in raising children.He was a founder of the movement of antisexist, pro-feminist men called Effeminism that published “Effeminist Manifesto” considered to be ahistoric document.
Dansky was active in the HIV/AIDS pandemic as an activist, healthcare administrator, psychotherapist, and volunteer in underserved communities, such as Harlem and the South Bronx.He is the author of two books, Now Dare Everything: Tales of HIV-Related Psychotherapy (The Haworth Press, 1994)and Nobody's Children: Orphans of the HIV Epidemic (The Haworth Press, 1997). He is the author of On Bearing Witness: Images & Reflections of the LGBT Movement (1969-1971) (2010), a collection of essays, photographs, and speeches.He is a frequent contributor to the Gay and Lesbian Review—Worldwide.“The Effeminist Moment” was published in the anthology Smash the Church, Smash the State!: The Early Years of Gay Liberation, Tommi Avicolli Mecca,editor, (City Lights, 2009).A short story, “Broken Gender,” was published in Gertrude: A Journal of Voice and Vision, 2006. As a photographer, Dansky has exhibited in New York and Las Vegas, Nevada, in a group show,More Than Meets the Eye,Brett Wesley Gallery, 2009; one-person shows, In Public: Studies from the Street, Clark County Library District, 2010; and Shelter from the Storm: The Chelsea Hotel, Emergency Arts, 2011.He curated Gay Liberation Front (1969-1971): A 40th Anniversary Retrospective, Campbell Soady Gallery, New York, NY, 2009. He was married in Williamstown, MA, in 2004, on the first day, in the first state, that same-sex marriage became legal anywhere in America.He lives with his spouse Barry Safran in Canaan, New York, and Las Vegas, Nevada.