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Gay activist Bill Smith, Atlanta, Georgia, 1970s?


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Print verso inscribed "Bill Smith." Smith dies March 9, 1980. He had worked for the Atlanta gay community from the late 1960s up until his untimely death from a drug overdose. He had helped organize the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, which he had incorporated on June 27, 1971. He served on the boards of the National Gay Task Force NGTF), the Atlanta American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Atlanta's Community Relations Commission. He was a founding member of Atlanta's Metropolitan Community Church. He was one of the organizers of Atlanta's first Gay Pride Day demonstrations in June 1972. Smith published the free gay newspaper "The Barb" (later "Barb), from 1974 until his death. "Barb" continued to be published until 1983. Photographic print was removed from an exhibition panel held by the Atlanta Fulton County Public Library and given to Georgia State University.


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