Clark Polak

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Clark Philip Polak (October 13, 1937–c. September 20, 1980) was an American journalist and LGBT activist. He was known for creating and editing DRUM magazine, an early gay-interest periodical, and for his leadership role with the Philadelphia-based homophile organization, the Janus Society.

Polak was the youngest son of Arthur Marcus Polak and Ann Polak and the brother of Marcus Roy Polak and Roberta Esther Polak Weber/Shilling. He lived in a home that overlooked Hollywood with his friends and had two St. Bernards named Bert and Ernie. Polak killed himself in Los Angeles in 1980.[1]

A box of Polak's papers is held by the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives.[2]


  1. ^ Sears, p. 535
  2. ^ Shibuyama, Loni (2008). "Finding aid of the Clark P. Polak Papers". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 2014-10-10. 


  • Sears, James Thomas (2006). Behind the Mask of the Mattachine: The Hal Call Chronicles and the Early Movement for Homosexual Emancipation. Routledge. ISBN 1-56023-187-4.