Hay was a Marxist and a long-time member of the Communist Party USA. He also co-founded the Los Angeles chapter of the Gay Liberation Front in 1969, and later, the Radical Faeries. He died on October 24, 2002, following a series of illnesses. His Silver Lake house, originally built in 1905 is located at 2328 Cove Avenue. The stair street at the foot of the house has been renamed the Mattachine Steps in his honor.
The house where Harry Hay lived in Silver Lake, beginning in the 1940s. Henry ‘Harry’ Hay, Jr. (1912 � 2002) was one of the original gay rights activists who founded the Mattachine Society, the first sustained gay rights advocacy groups in the United States.