Jim Fouratt

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Jim Fouratt
Born (1945-06-23) 23 June 1945 (age 72)
Nationality American
Occupation Gay activist, entertainer
Known for Gay 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] and a participant in the Stonewall riots.[3][4] Fouratt lived with Carl Miller, Allen Young, and Giles Kotcher in the Seventeenth Street commune.[5][6] 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.[7] In 1980, he opened Danceteria with Rudolf Pieper. He has also been a writer for Billboard magazine,[8] 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,[9] and that transgender identity reinforces gender stereotypes.[10]


  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 
  2. ^ Marotta, Toby (1981). The politics of homosexualty. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-29477-0. 
  3. ^ 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 
  4. ^ Duberman, Martin (1993). Stonewall. Dutton. ISBN 0-525-93602-5. 
  5. ^ Jay, Karla (1999). Tales of the Lavender Menace. Basic Books. 
  6. ^ Smash the church, smash the state! : the early years of gay liberation. City Lights Books. 2009. ISBN 978-0-87286-497-9. 
  7. ^ Shapiro, P.: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco, page 256. Faber & Faber, October 2006.
  8. ^ 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 
  9. ^ "Jim Fouratt: A classic example of transphobia in older-generation gay men". Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  10. ^ 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. 

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