Warren Allen Smith

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Warren Allen Smith (October 27, 1921 – January 9, 2017) was an American gay rights activist, writer and humanities humanist.


In 1961, Smith started the Variety Recording Studio, a major independent company off Broadway, New York City, with his business partner and longtime companion Fernando Rodolfo de Jesus Vargas Zamora. Smith ran the company for almost thirty years (1961–90).[1] In 1969, Smith participated in the Stonewall riots.[2]

Smith was one of the signatories of the 1973 Humanist Manifesto II[3] as well as the Humanist Manifesto III in 2003.[4]


Smith died on January 9, 2017 at the age of 95.[5]


  1. Smith, Warren Allen (2005), Gossip from Across the Pond, chelCpress, p. 5, ISBN 1-58396-916-0
  2. Wilson, David (2005), Inventing Black-On-Black Violence: Discourse, Space, and Representation, Syracuse University Press, p. 122, ISBN 0-8156-3080-8
  3. "Humanist Manifesto II". American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  4. "Notable Signers". Humanism and Its Aspirations. American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  5. Warren Allen Smith, author of 'Who's Who in Hell,' is dead