Warren Allen Smith

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Warren Allen Smith (October 27, 1921 – January 9, 2017) was an American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist.


In 1961, Smith started the Variety Recording Studio, a major independent company off Broadway, New York City, with his business partner and longtime companion Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora. Smith ran the company for almost thirty years (1961–90).[1] In 1969, Smith participated in the Stonewall riots.[2]

Smith was one of the signatories of the 1973 Humanist Manifesto II[3] as well as the Humanist Manifesto III in 2003.[4]

He died on January 9, 2017 at the age of 95.[5]



  • Who's Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists, and Non-Theists, (NY: Barricade Books, 2000) ISBN 978-1-56980-158-1. The work received a front-page review/interview in The New York Observer[citation needed] and a CNN interview by Jeanne Moos.[6] When the books were all sold, Smith transferred the 1,237 printed pages as the first of the 4,850 philosopedia.org content pages.[7]
  • Gossip from Across the Pond: Articles Published in the United Kingdom's Gay and Lesbian Humanist, 1996-2005, New York, N.Y.: chelCpress, 2005. ISBN 978-1-58396-916-8
  • 2005 Cruising the Deuce - a serious study of the 1940s to 1980s subculture on New York City's 42nd Street; foreword by Dr. Vern L. Bullough, fellow and former President, Society for the Scientific Study of Sex; copy was requested by the Kinsey Institute; John Waters asked to use the book as a prop in a 2005 movie.[citation needed]
  • Celebrities in Hell (NY: ChelCbooks, 2010). ISBN 978-1-56980-214-4 - a listing of contemporary non-revelationists including Woody Allen, Marlon Brando, Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Christopher Reeve, and Frank Zappa.
  • In the Heart of Showbiz, A Biographical Triography of Variety Recording Studio, Fernando Vargas, and Warren Allen Smith (NY:ChelCbooks, 2011) - an autobiography


  • 1994-1998 - "Humanist Potpourri". Free Inquiry; "Paul Cadmus: Artist-Humanist," August 1996
  • 1970s - "Manhattan Scene," in St. Thomas' Daily News and twenty other West Indian newspapers


  1. ^ Smith, Warren Allen (2005), Gossip from Across the Pond, chelCpress, p. 5, ISBN 1-58396-916-0
  2. ^ Wilson, David (2005), Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space, and Representation, Syracuse University Press, p. 122, ISBN 0-8156-3080-8
  3. ^ "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "Notable Signers". Humanism and Its Aspirations. American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  5. ^ Warren Allen Smith, author of 'Who's Who in Hell,' is dead
  6. ^ "Who's Who In Hell CNN Interview". YouTube.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081012145222/http://philosopedia.org:80/index.php?title=Who%27s_Who_in_Hell

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