Damn, we really do owe him a debt of gratitude. I had no idea how strict sodomy laws were. He was ahead of his time in so many ways. Mainstream society was so scary in the 50s.
He was ahead of his time with sex (gay and straight) he broke so many of our favorite authors, he desegregated everything he did. He stood up for freedom of speech, championed film preservation- so much.
What r1 said -- despite his messy personal life, he is the good guy who was there for us long before anyone else.