Description: At an early age Bell founded the first Gay Liberation group in San Francisco in 1970 at the age of 20. Later, he went on to found gay student unions at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University. During this period in his life, he also worked on Harvey Milk’s successful bid to become the city’s first openly gay supervisor. After his time as a student activist, Bell moved to San Diego. There, as one of the early directors of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, he was instrumental to keeping it in the public eye and at the forefront of the political scene. He served on its board for seven years, working at the same time on some of the earliest Gay Pride events in the city. In 1980 he attended the first spiritual gathering of Radical Faeries in Boulder, Colorado. Eventually he became a leading figure of the tribe and a colleague of Harry Hay, one of the founding fathers of gay liberation in the United States. Albert developed a popular course titled “Homospiritual: A Gay Journey to Self Esteem.” This course ran for several years and was presented before hundreds of San Diego men.

Date: 1991-09-13