Jean le Bitoux|
(1948 - living) France
Born the son of a career naval official in Bordeaux, Le Bitoux began his career as a concert pianist and music teacher. When FAHR (Front Homosexuel d'Action Revolutionnaire) started up in Paris in 1971, he co-founded the Nice chapter. He moved to Paris in 1974 and became active in the GLH (Groupe de Libération Homosexuelle), a national gay rights organisation formed in late 1974 after FAHR's collapse.
In March 1978 Le Bitoux stood for election to the National Asembly in Paris' 6th district as one of only two openly homosexual candidates seeking a seat in the French parliament (the other being Alain Secoué, a construction worker, who ran in Paris' 18th district).
Le Bitoux was principal founder of the periodical Gay Pied in 1979. It was the first militantly gay periodical in France to achieve commercial sucess and the first homosexual publication to be sold at news-stands throughout the country. In time the magazine, in spite of his efforts, became too much commercial and its sales declined until it died in October 1992.
Le Bitoux is especially involved in the ongoing fight against AIDS (he was diagnosed HIV positive in 1986) and currently works for Aides, an association to promote safer sex.
Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001