Neighborhood leaders are considering naming a much-loved stairway in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake for gay activist Harry Hay.
The Silver Lake neighborhood council will discuss the matter at its meeting Wednesday. Neighborhood support for the renaming and a commemorative plaque is strong, with some locals volunteering to help pay for the $1,000 memorial. Hay founded the Mattachine Society -- one of the world's first modern gay rights groups -- in 1950, while a resident of the bohemian area. Silver Lake remains a popular neighborhood for gays and lesbians in Los Angeles.