Don Kilhefner
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Don Kilhefner

Don Kilhefner is an LGBTQ rights activist, community organizer, and Jungian psychologist living in West Hollywood, California.[1] He founded and co-founded multiple gay organizations,[2] including the Radical Faeries and the LA Community Services Center[3] (now the Los Angeles LGBT Center) and Van Ness Recovery House.[4]

Personal life

Kilhefner was born March 3, 1938 in Ephrata, Pennsylvania [1]

He finished high school and enrolled Millersville University, where he majored in history.[1] His attained his first master's degree, in African American History, from Howard University.[5]

After completing college he taught German and world history in high school for a year in suburban Wilmington. He was one of the first to volunteer for the Peace Corps in 1962.[6] He spent three years of his life living in Ethiopia, while teaching secondary school history.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Dr. Don Kilhefner". THE LAVENDER EFFECT®. 2015-03-04. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Bernadicou, August. "Don Kilhefner". August Nation. The LGBTQ History Project.
  3. ^ Palmer, Michael. "L. A. GAY & LESBIAN CENTER RECORDS Coll2007-010" (PDF). One National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "Gay -- the new straight -- I don't think so!". Los Angeles Times. 2007-12-05. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Sink or Swim - Metro Weekly". Retrieved .
  6. ^ Hennen, Peter (2008-11-15). Faeries, Bears, and Leathermen: Men in Community Queering the Masculine. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226327297.

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