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ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records
Gay Liberation Front/Los Angeles
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012-031
1 Linear Feet
1 archive box.
Date (inclusive): 1969-1995
Date (bulk): bulk
Abstract: Founded in 1969, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was a loosely structured group of gay rights activists who were interested
in the radical sexual liberation for all people. This collection consists of publicity material, photographs, correspondence,
clippings, and writings that relate primarily to the Los Angeles group of the Gay Liberation Front.
The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was a loosely structured group of gay rights activists who were interested in the radical sexual
liberation for all people. In the summer of 1969, independent GLF chapters were founded in several cities, including New York
City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Members in Los Angeles offered draft counseling, and organized "Gay-ins,"
dances, protests, and other demonstrations. Founded soon after the Stonewall Riots in New York, New York, the GLF's counterculture
philosophy and lack of organizational hierarchy contrasted sharply existing homophile gay rights groups like the Mattachine
Society. The GLF represents a break with the more conservative homophile movement, which sought to integrate gays and lesbians
into society, and a movement toward the radical liberation of all oppressed people. The lack of organizational structure,
and the alignment of some members with radical groups like the Black Panther Party contributed to an increasing fragmentation
of GLF membership, and local groups eventually dissolved in 1972.
"Early Liberation: Los Angeles and the First Gay Pride."
Get Out LB. (http://getoutlb.com/wp/2011/10/early-liberation-los-angeles-and-the-first-gay-pride/)
Kissack, Terence. "Freaking Fag Revolutionaries: New York's Gay Liberation Front, 1969-1971."
Radical History Review, Spring 1995 (62); 105-134.
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Researchers wishing to publish material must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives as the
physical owner of the material. Note that permission to publish does not constitute copyright clearance. ONE National Gay
& Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold copyright. It is the responsibility
of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials from the copyright holder(s).
Donor and date of acquisition unknown.
Box #, folder #, Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records, Coll2012.031, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles,
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Collection processed by Kate Dundon, 2012.
Scope and Contents
This collection primarily consists of publicity material, photographs, correspondence, clippings, and writings related to
the Los Angeles chapter of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), as well as a small amount of material related to GLF chapters in
other U.S. cities and London. GLF newsletters can be found in the periodicals collection.
Files are arranged in alphabetical order into following series:
Series 1: Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front
Series 2: Other Gay Liberation Front groups
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Gays -- Civil rights
Gay rights -- California
Gay activists -- California -- Los Angeles
Gay liberation movement -- United States
Gay liberation movement -- California -- Los Angeles
Gays -- Correspondence
Gay press publications