Arthur Scott Evans October 12, — September 11, was an early gay rights advocate and author, best known for his book Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture. In his later years, Evans remained politically active and continued as a translator and academic. Evans was born on October 12,  in York, Pennsylvania. His father was a factory worker, while his mother ran a beauty shop in the front of their family home. The story was picked up nationally.
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A distinguished scholar, Evans was curator of the Ashmolean Museum , University of Oxford , from to and became extraordinary professor of prehistoric archaeology at Oxford in His interest in ancient coins and the writing on stone seals from Crete lured him to the island for the first time in During an address in he suggested that the Mycenaean civilization of the Greek mainland had its origins in Crete. The size and splendour of the findings indicated that Knossos had been an ancient cultural capital. The complex ground plan of the palace suggested the labyrinth associated with the legendary King Minos , prompting Evans to name the civilization Minoan. Over the course of the next 25 years Evans pursued his investigations. Digging below the Bronze Age ruins, he came upon remains of a Neolithic civilization, thus helping to place Mycenae in historical perspective.
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Arthur Evans b. His book, Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture , is considered to be an influential document within the Radical Faeries movement. Born to an assembly line working father of Scots-Welsh descent and a beautician mother, he attended Brown University and co-founded the Brown Freethinkers Society, a "militant atheist" group which protested the presence and effects of organized religion on campus; when he participated in an anti-chapel protest and his scholarship from Glatfelter Paper Company was threatened with revocation, the octogenarian millionaire head of the national Freethinkers Society, Joseph Lewis, reacted by threatening a lawsuit against the paper company on behalf of Evans, forcing the company to retract their threat and retain Evans' scholarship. He switched his major from chemistry to political science and, during a summer recess, participated at an Afro-American civil rights protest in front of York County Courthouse his first political demonstration.
I was the oldest of four children and the atmosphere was volatile for all of us. My father and mother were in constant conflict, making divorce seem like the only possible outcome. Having married young, they were still trying to figure out how to make life work. They often argued about how to handle finances, especially when there was little money to go around. I could have ended up a casualty of a broken family, like so many of the kids around me in inner city Baltimore.