Thomas LaMar Young was born in Wood River, Illinois, on May 14, 1947, and received his undergraduate degree from Illinois Normal Teacher's College. In 1975, he came to Minneapolis to seek treatment for alcohol abuse and became an activist in the gay community. He joined COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts and Sciences) as an Artist in the City in 1978, and founded the Howling Wolf Puppet Troupe. Young contributed poetry to the first issue of The James White Review (October 1983), named after his friend and mentor, and subsequently become an associate editor of the periodical. From time to time he also contributed pen and ink drawings for the Review's cover. He later explored drawing in chalk and construction of complex collages. In the late 1980s, the corporate offices of Radisson Hotels purchased a number of his works for their collection. Young's poetry was also published in The Evergreen Chronicles, No Apologies, Seattle Gay News, and PWAlive, a journal by, for, and about persons affected with AIDS. He was creator of the comic strip Perky's Dad, and a founder of PWAlive. He moved between Minneapolis, Sacramento, and Seattle, and while in the latter city he collaborated on a screenplay concerning Stonewall. Thomas Young died on February 20, 1989.
Tom Young Papers, Coll2006-005, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.
Lindahl, David. "Remembering Tom Young," PWAlive 2, no. 3 (April/May 1989), 4-5.
Ritter, John. "Young remembered for his contribution," Equal Time, March 23, 1989, 12.