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Kight, Morris (1919-2003)  
 
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Kight left a lasting legacy in the 3,000-piece Morris Kight Collection, which contains both fine art by gay men and lesbians and a variety of memorabilia including posters and photographs documenting the struggle for glbtq rights. Shortly before his death Kight donated this valuable resource to the ONE Institute.

Kight, who had suffered several strokes in his last years, was hospitalized in December 2002 because of various health problems including cancer and heart trouble. He spent his final weeks at the Carl Bean House, a hospice of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which donated its services in recognition of Kight's many years of support for the organization.

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Kight died peacefully in his sleep on January 19, 2003. He was survived by his companion of twenty-five years, Roy Zucheran.

A tireless worker but something of a maverick, Kight never achieved the leadership role in the glbtq rights movement that he undoubtedly would have wanted. As he grew older he was somewhat eclipsed by new generations of leaders who used different tactics to gain equal rights. Toward the end of his life, however, he was "rediscovered" by younger glbtq rights supporters, who appropriately honored him for the pioneering work on which they are now able to build.

Linda Rapp

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    Bibliography
   

Clendinen, Dudley, and Adam Nagourney. Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Cole, Rob. "Remembering Morris." L.A. Pride. (2004). www.lapride.org/MorrisKight.htm.

Nardi, Peter M., David Sanders, and Judd Marmor. "Interview with Morris Kight." Growing Up Before Stonewall: Life Stories of Some Gay Men. London and New York: Routledge, 1994. 15-34.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Kight, Morris  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2004  
    Date Last Updated December 28, 2004  
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