|Born|| 6 June 1941
|Occupation||pro-paedophilia/paederast activist, historian|
David Thorstad (born June 6, 1941), an American political activist, pro-paedophilia and pro-paederasty advocate, and historian of the gay rights movement since the 1970s, was a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) and former president of New York’s Gay Activists Alliance. He was also active in Trotskyist politics for some years.
For more than six years, Thorstad was a member of the Upper West Side branch of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), and a staff writer for its newspaper, The Militant. He left the SWP in December 1973, citing the organization's lack of enthusiasm for the gay liberation movement and failure to develop a "Marxist materialist analysis" of it. In 1976 he self-published a collection of internal party documents relating to its discussion of the gay liberation movement, under the title Gay Liberation and Socialism : Documents from the Discussions on Gay Liberation Inside the Socialist Workers Party (1970-1973). In the early 1970s Thorstad was president of the Gay Activists Alliance, a leading gay liberation group in New York.
In June 1973 Thorstad and John Lauritsen published The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935), a fourteen-page historical survey in the SWP internal Discussion Bulletin which attempted to prove that the gay liberation movement had a long and substantial history, particularly in Germany. This was expanded the next year into a 92-page book of the same name published by Times Change Press, a New York publishing house specializing in feminist and politically progressive books. The book was translated into Spanish and German.
In 1978 Thorstad was a founding member of NAMBLA, "served as a member of the Steering Committee from some undetermined time until September 1996" and was one of a group of NAMBLA members who were sued in 2000 for the wrongful death of a ten-year-old boy in a long-running court case Curley v. NAMBLA in Boston.
Summaries of Thorstad's views appear in his articles "Man/Boy Love and the American Gay Movement" in Male Intergenerational Intimacy: Historical, Socio-Psychological and Legal Perspectives, and "Homosexuality and the American Left: The Impact of Stonewall," in Gay Men and the Sexual History of the Political Left.
- The Leninist theory of organizations: its relevance for today by Ernest Mandel London: International Marxist Group, 1973 (translator from the French with Theodore Edwards)
- Israel: a colonial-settler state? by Maxime Rodinson New York, Monad Press; distributed by Pathfinder Press, 1973 (translator from the French)
- The Early Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935) New York; Times Change Press, 1974 with John Lauritsen
- Gay Liberation and Socialism : Documents from the Discussions on Gay Liberation Inside the Socialist Workers Party (1970-1973) pt.2, pt.3 editor, [New York] : Thorstad, [introd. 1976
- No apologies: the unauthorized publication of internal discussion documents of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) concerning lesbian/gay male liberation. Part 2, 1975-79 editor, [New York : D.Thorstad] ; New York (415 W. 23rd St., Box 11F, New York 10011) 1980
- Le Gay Voyage: Guide et regard homosexuels sur les grandes métropoles interviewee, [New York : D.Thorstad] ; Paris(22 rue Huyghens, 75014) : Albin Michel, 1980
- A Witchhunt foiled: the FBI vs. NAMBLA New York : North American Man/Boy Love Association, 1985 (introduction)
- Guy Hocquenghem (1980). Le Gay voyage: Guide et regard homosexuels sur les grandes métropoles. Albin Michel. ISBN 978-2-226-01040-7.
- Kennedy, Hubert (1991). "Sexual Hysteria—Then and Now". OurStories (Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California). pp. 17–18.
A former president of New York’s Gay Activists Alliance and a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), Thorstad is uniquely qualified to write on this topic.
- Gay Liberation and Socialism : Documents from the Discussions on Gay Liberation Inside the Socialist Workers Party (1970-1973) p.1, 11
- "Historical Note". Gay Activists Alliance Records, 1970-1983. New York Public Library Digital Library Collections. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- John Lauritsen; David Thorstad (1973). The Homosexual Rights Movement (1864-1935). J. Lauritsen and D. Thorstad.
- John Lauritsen; David Thorstad (1995). The Early Homosexual Rights Movement: (1864-1935). Times Change Press. pp. 94–96. ISBN 978-0-87810-041-5.
- John Lauritsen; David Thorstad (1977). Los Primeros movimientos en favor de los derechos homosexuales: 1864-1935 (in Spanish). Tusquets Editor. ISBN 978-84-7223-578-6.
- John Lauritsen; David Thorstad (1984). Die frühe Homosexuellenbewegung: 1864-1935 (in German). Frühlings-Erwachen. ISBN 978-3-925393-06-8.
- Barbara Curley, et al., Plaintiffs v. North American Man Boy Love Association, et. al., Defendents, O'Toole, D.J. Memorandum and Order on Motions to Dismiss, Civil Action No. 00-10956-GAO (United States District Court of Massachusetts March 31, 2003).
- Theo Sandfort, Edward Brongersma, and Alex van Naerssen, editors, Routledge, 1990
- Gert Hekma, Harry Oosterhuis, and James Steakley, editors, Haworth Press, 1995