HARRY HAY BELIEVED THAT SEX WITH PREPUBESCENT BOYS WAS RAPE, PERIOD.
No matter what the NAMBLA representatives say in this video. And he certainly didn't support all the other GARBAGE they spewed against other people in this video.
Harry Hay did support NAMBLA's right to exist. But that doesn't mean he support all of their ideas or practices. Harry was 14 when he had sex with a man of 25. He rejoiced in the volitional act that freed him. And from this freedom of his first sexual act being volitional was born his idea of a gay brotherhood. But Harry did not condone sex with prepubescent boys. He was definitely against sexual acts with children. Teenagers are not children to Harry. At 14 he was on his own and doing the work of a man. But again it was the volition of the act that was required from the youth as well the adult. Harry prefered that the sex act was initiated by the teenager to the older man and not the other way around. Thus demonstrating volition on the youths behalf. Without volition the act is one of rape and imprisons a boy rather than free him as Harry was freed.
I know this because I am the one who drove Harry to NAMBLA meetings in Boston and discussed this at extreme length with him,. WE BOTH AGREED THAT SEX WITH PREPUBESCENT BOYS WAS RAPE. PERIOD.
Nick Mulé, From Gay Liberation to Queer Liberation: Theorizing Evolving LGBTQ Resistance and Radicalism in Canada
Velina Manolova, Towards a Radically Ethical Sexual Politics: Harry Hay’s Mattachines, Gay Liberation and Queer Social Justice
David Thorstad, Harry Hay, NAMBLA, and the Ethics of Man/Boy Love
Moderator: Christopher Eng, CUNY Graduate Center