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The Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) was founded in New York City on December 21, 1969, almost six months after the Stonewall riots, by dissident members of the Gay Liberation Front.

Between 1971 and 1974 Ted Rauch was a member of the GAA Newsletter Committee and took charge of newsletters the GAA received from other gay organizations. From 1973 to 1975, Mr. Rauch worked at the New York Gay Switchboard. From 1974 to 1976, he was also involved with the Gay Academic Union and the New York based National Gay Archives and Library Committee, which was attempting to set up a national gay archive. At the time, Mr. Rauch was also close friends with gay author Jonathan Ned Katz. A longtime employee at the Columbia University Libraries, Mr. Rauch was also a lifelong learner, taking a number of classes in Judaic Studies and other areas. He died in 2006

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