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Finding aid of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records Coll2012.031
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  • Administrative History
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012.031
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear foot. 1 archive box.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-1973
    Date (inclusive): 1969-1995
    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.
    creator: Gay Liberation Front

    Administrative History

    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.
    Sources:
    "Gay Liberation Front." Outhistory.org
    "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.

    Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    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).

    Acquisition Information

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    Box #, folder #, Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records, Coll2012.031, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

    Processing Information

    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.

    Arrangement

    Files are arranged in alphabetical order into following series:

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Correspondence
    Gay activists--California--Los Angeles
    Gay liberation movement--California--Los Angeles
    Gay liberation movement--United States
    Gay press publications
    Gay rights--California--Los Angeles
    Gays--Civil rights
    Gays--Correspondence
    Photographs