Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights

Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights

by C. Todd White
     
 

This book explores the origins and history of the modern American movement for homosexual rights, which originated in Los Angeles in the late 1940s and continues today. Part ethnography and part social history, it is a detailed account of the history of the movement as mani-fested through the emergence of four related organizations: Mattachine, One Incorporated

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This book explores the origins and history of the modern American movement for homosexual rights, which originated in Los Angeles in the late 1940s and continues today. Part ethnography and part social history, it is a detailed account of the history of the movement as mani-fested through the emergence of four related organizations: Mattachine, One Incorporated, the Homosexual Information Center (HIC), and the Institute for the Study of Human Resources (ISHR), which began doing business as One Incorporated when the two organizations merged in 1995.

Relying on extended interviews with participants as well as full review of the archives of the Homosexual Information Center, C. Todd White unearths the institutional histories of the gay and lesbian rights movement and the myriad personalities involved, including Mattachine founder Harry Hay; One Magazine editors Dale Jennings, Donald Slater, and Irma Wolf; One Incorporated founder Dorr Legg; and many others. Fighting to decriminalize homosexuality and to obtain equal rights, the viable organizations that these individuals helped to establish significantly impacted legal policies not only in Los Angeles but across the United States, affecting the lives of most of us living in America today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076411
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
04/16/2009
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

C. Todd White is a visiting assistant professor of anthropology at James Madison University. He is the editor of San Dieguito and La Jolla: Collected Papers of Claude N. Warren on the Archaeology of Southern California and a coeditor of Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historic Contexts.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xix

Introduction 1

1 Mattachine (1948-52) 11

2 The Launch of One (1952-53) 28

3 Cleaning House (1953-54) 41

4 The Establishment of One Institute (1955-60) 62

5 Separation (1960-62) 93

6 Division (1963-65) 116

7 Two Years of War (1965-67) 137

8 The Founding of ISHR, HIC, and Christopher Street West (1965-70) 175

9 Conclusion(s) 200

Appendix A Significant Locations 227

Appendix B Pseudonyms 230

Appendix C Dramatis Personae 232

Notes 235

References 245

Index 253

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