Santidhammo, Bhikkhu (Flint, Tom) Papers

Span Dates: 1967-1999
Bulk Dates: 1987-1999
Volume: 46.5 linear feet


Chiefly subject files covering four main areas: files collected by Flint as background information for the articles he published in the Seattle Gay News and other Gay publications (1987-1999); organization files of ACT-UP/Seattle he inherited when the organization dissolved in 1993; organization files of the 1993 March on Washington Northwest Regional Organizing Committee; and opposition research on anti-gay, religious-right organizations that launched statewide anti-gay political campaigns in Washington state in the 1990s; together with 2,382 color images and negatives (1988-1993) of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered activities and individuals by Seattle photographer Donald Auguston. Topics focus on the social, political, religious, and economic aspects of the AIDS epidemic and/or being gay in American during the 1990s and relate both pro-gay and anti-gay points of view and also reflect events around the U.S., but with a decided slant toward the Pacific Northwest and Washington, D.C. Also includes scattered correspondence and email and his unpublished history/autobiography.

Hist/Bio Note

Born Thomas Flint in Indianapolis, Ind.; Thomas Flint studied for Roman Catholic priesthood; served in U.S. Air Force, 1982-1986, and discharged following discovery of his homosexuality. He was a militant Gay activist in Seattle, Wash.; co-founder of ACT-UP/Seattle; and writer and/or editor for the Seattle Gay News, 1987-1999. He identified as a Buddhist since 1993, and became a Buddhist monk during a 1999 visit to Southeast Asia.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available in the repository.


This collection is housed at the Washington Historical Society. 1911 Pacific Avenue Tacoma, WA 98402


Gay Liberation Movement | Washington | Seattle | Buddhist | AIDS | Author/editor