(1950 - living) Denmark
Activist and theatre manager
(a.k.a. Wanda Liszt) After secondary school Omann sailed for a year as a mess boy to the Far East and to the US West Coast, he returned to high school in 1969 but dropped out and moved to Copenhagen in 1971. He first lived and worked in the Socialistik Plakatgruppe (Socialist Printers' Commune) where communal sleeping was de rigueur, then in Copenhagen's first gay collective, the Stormly.
He traveled in India, the first of several extensive explorations of the subcontinents. In 1973 Omann joined the Gay Liberation Front. His acute power of observation and analysis and his bewitching sense of humor together with a marked capability for discreet leaderchip, soon made him a pace-setting activist. In 1976, during the height of gender-fuck activism, he took the name Wanda Liszt.
In April 1976 the Gay Liberation fFront moved to its wn premises, the Bøssehuset (Gay House) in Christiania, a hippie town founded in 1971 on an area od Copenhagen's eastern ramparts, formerly military barracks. Over the following years its large hall was regularly used to stage more or less improvised revues, partly inspired by visiting theatre groups. Wanda has continued to play a central role as an author of revues, and as director and actor.
Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001