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Steven F. Dansky, a long-time political activist and writer, was a founder of the modern gay liberation movement in 1969. His writing spans more than three decades and has been cited in nearly every early book on gay liberation. As a committed profeminist, his writing has been reviewed in The New York Times by Martin Duberman and the Village Voice by Jill Johnston. He has written for Come Out!, The New York Free Press, I-Kon, Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, SoHo Weekly News, Basta, and Faggotry. As a poet, he has read at the Hunter College Gallery, Matrix Theater, I-Kon Bookstore, and A Different Drummer.
He had private psychotherapy practices in New York and Albany. He is the author of two books on HIV, Now Dare Everything: Tales of HIV-Related Psychotherapy (Haworth Press, 1994) and Nobody’s Children: Orphans of the HIV Epidemic (Haworth Press 1997). He has been involved in treating the HIV/AIDS pandemic since the early 1980s, practicing in diverse settings in the undeserved communities of New York City- Harlem; South Bronx; Jamaica; Queens; Sunset Park and East New York, Brooklyn. He has lectured on AIDS throughout the country, including POZ Life Expo, NY; Lesbian and Gay Health Conference, Atlanta, GA; and the V International Conference on AIDS, Montreal, Canada. His work on healthcare was published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice; Research Letter, Beth Israel Medical Center, NY; Canadian Family Physician; and GMHC Training Manual.
He is a graduate of the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work and received additional training at the Institute for Human Identity, New York. He was an Instructor of Pediatrics, Albany Medical College and a guest lecturer at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY.
As a photographer, he is a member of the Columbia Berkshire Craft Guild and, as a writer, the Berkshire Writers Room. Several book projects are in preparation, including a political memoir. He is on the Board of Directors of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.
Note: The contents of the Biographical Sketch are taken nearly verbatim with only minor editing from the brochure, The Works of Steven F. Dansky, Box 2 Folder 4.
The collection includes magazines, newspapers. correspondence, photographs, and unpublished writings from Steven Dansky's work with the effeminist and gay liberation movement. The collection also contains the photographic works of Mr. Dansky including books, DVDs and flyers for his shows, lectures and receptions. Some records are retained in electronic form.
The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.
Access to this record group is unrestricted.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The archivist transferred several monographs to the book division of Special Collections. These titles: Amor Vincit Omnia (Love Conquers All) written by Steven F. Dansky, A Book of Readings for Men Against Sexism edited by Jon Snodgrass, Come Out! selections from the radical gay liberation newspaper, edited by Steven Dansky, Perry Brass and John Knoebel, Great Gay in the Morning by the 25 to 6 Baking & Trucking Society, Hot August Night/1970: The Forgotten LGBT Riot by Steven Dansky, In public: studies from the street photographs by Steven Dansky, Nickel Empire: A Study of Coney Island by Stephen F. Dansky, On Bearing Witness by Stephen F. Dansky, Smash the Church, Smash the State! edited by Tommi Avicolli Mecca and Unbecoming Men published by Times Change Press will be catalogued and included at a later date in the University Library Catalog.
Community organization--New York (State)
Gay liberation movement
Gay rights--United States
Social action--New York (State)
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Steven F. Dansky Papers, 1968-2013. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Dansky Papers).
Steven F. Dansky donated his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in a series of donations in 2006-2007 and 2012-2013.
Finding Aid Information
Created by: Kayla Misner and Amy C. Schindler