Headquarters of the Gay Activists Alliance 1971-74

A Home for GAA
Founded in 1969, the Gay Activists Alliance established its headquarters on Wooster Street in 1971. The former SoHo firehouse hosted meetings, art installations, weekly Saturday night dance parties organised by the "Pleasure Committee," and "Firehouse Flicks," a Friday night film screening. It quickly became New York's center for LGBT activity in the early 1970s. 

This article appeared in the second issue of the Gay Activists Alliance newsletter, from May 1971.

Opening Party
The Firehouse officially opened on June 20th, 1971. The party featured a mural created by John Button and Mario Dubsky.

The party also featured a fashion show.

Actions & Zaps
Gay Activists Alliance meetings were a platform to plan protest actions such as sit-ins and picket lines. The GAA's most famous type of action was the "zap," a surprise confrontation with a public figure regarding LGBT rights. Through this direct activism, the GAA lobbied for a ban on police harassment, fair employment, and the repeal of laws that made sodomy illegal.
One of the missions of the GAA was to challenge police harassment of gay establishments. While the Firehouse itself was sometimes on the receiving end of such attention, the GAA was effective in fighting back, and as a result other LGBT venues began to flourish around the city. 
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