Scope and Contents
Title: Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.031
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material:
1.0 linear foot.
1 archive box.
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-1973
Date (inclusive): 1969-1995
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.
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.
"Gay Liberation Front."
"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.
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:
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
Gay liberation movement--California--Los Angeles
Gay liberation movement--United States
Gay press publications
Gay rights--California--Los Angeles