As the pair became increasingly interested in the counter-culture, many individuals belonging to the movement came to work for them. In SeptemberHay and his wife adopted a daughter, Hannah Margaret, soon moving to a larger home nearby to accommodate her. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Many members were concerned by the far left control of the group and felt that it should have a more open, democratic structure. Although involved in campaigns for gay rights, he resigned from the Society in
Hay was elected its first chairperson, organising pickets of homophobic establishments, holding a one-day "Gay-In" in Griffith Park and "funky dances" at Troupers Hall to challenge the legal restrictions on same-sex dancing.
Hay, Harry, with Will Roscoe ed. Hay's developing belief in the cultural minority status of homosexuals led him to take a stand against the assimilationism advocated by the majority of gay rights campaigners. Te lleva a Madrid al World Pride a celebrar el amor. He was a founder of the Mattachine Societythe first sustained gay rights group in the United States, as well as the Radical Faeriesa loosely affiliated gay spiritual movement.