Jim Fouratt

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Jim Fouratt
Born (1945-06-23) 23 June 1945 (age 73)
OccupationGay activist, entertainer
Known forGay activism

Jim Fouratt (23 June 1945?- ) is active in the entertainment industry and gay rights.

Life and works[edit]

Jim Fouratt was an early member of the Gay Liberation Front,[1][2] a longtime Yippie[3] and a participant in the Stonewall riots.[4][5] Fouratt lived with Carl Miller, Allen Young, and Giles Kotcher in the Seventeenth Street commune.[6][7] He became the manager for the club Hurrah in 1978, and brought in DJs to create the first "rock disco," with music videos playing as well as live music acts.[8] In 1980, he opened Danceteria with Rudolf Pieper. He has also been a writer for Billboard magazine,[9] where he has been an outspoken critic of rappers such as Eminem. In the late 1990s, Fouratt attempted to launch Beauty Records, a recording imprint funded by Mercury Records' Danny Goldberg, but that project was short-circuited when Mercury's parent corporation, PolyGram, was bought out by Seagram's, and Fouratt's acts were let go.[citation needed]

Fouratt has also been an outspoken critic of transgender identities and transsexualism. He believes that transgender surgeries constitute "mutilation", that gender transitioning is akin to anti-gay reparative therapy,[10] and that transgender identity reinforces gender stereotypes.[11]

On The Colbert Report in 2009, when asked by Stephen Colbert if there was a leader in the gay community on par with Martin Luther King Jr., Fouratt said, "Well, I would like to think that I'm that leader."[12]


  1. ^ Gross, Jane (September 22, 1985), "Homosexuals stepping up AIDS education", The New York Times, pp. Section 1, Part 1, Page 1, Column 1, Metropolitan Desk, retrieved February 11, 2010
  2. ^ Marotta, Toby (1981). The politics of homosexualty. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-29477-0.
  3. ^ Thomas, Pat. "Activist, individualist and entrepreneur Jerry Rubin was the quintessential American". City Arts Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ Kirby, David (June 27, 1999), "Making it work; Stonewall Veterans Recall the Outlaw Days", The New York Times, pp. Section 14, Page 3, Column 1, The City Weekly Desk, retrieved February 11, 2010
  5. ^ Duberman, Martin (1993). Stonewall. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-93602-5.
  6. ^ Jay, Karla (1999). Tales of the Lavender Menace. Basic Books.
  7. ^ Smash the church, smash the state! : the early years of gay liberation. City Lights Books. 2009. ISBN 978-0-87286-497-9.
  8. ^ Shapiro, P.: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, page 256. Faber & Faber, October 2006.
  9. ^ Gundersen, Edna (July 27, 2000), "Eminem: What's with this guy? Rapper's hate-filled lyrics anger some, while others say it's just a clever act", USA TODAY, pp. LIFE, Pg. 1D, retrieved February 11, 2010
  10. ^ "Jim Fouratt: A classic example of transphobia in older-generation gay men". Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Retrieved 2012-10-12.
  11. ^ Stryker, Susan; Whittle, Stephen (2006). The Transgender Studies Reader. United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 1–2. ISBN 0-415-94708-1. OCLC 62782200. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  12. ^ Stephen Colbert (June 25, 2009). "Jim Fouratt Interview". Retrieved July 1, 2017.

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