Finding aid of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), Los Angeles Records Coll2012.031

Finding aid prepared by Kate Dundon
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
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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

 

Series 1: Los Angeles Gay Liberation Front 1964-1987

Physical Description: [23 folders]

Scope and Contents

This series includes material related to the Los Angeles chapter of the Gay Liberation Front, such as fliers, brochures, press releases, photographs of demonstrations and meetings, meeting minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings about gay rights activism in Los Angeles and other parts of the United States, and writings about gay activism. Also included is material related to the attempt by gay activists to establish an all-gay separatist community in Alpine County, California in 1970 (informally known as Stonewall Nation), as well as affidavits and other material relating to Gay-Ins held in Griffith Park in 1970, which resulted in a suit against Edward M. Davis, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Box 1, Folder 1-5

Alpine County 1964-1978

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 1, Folder 1

Clippings 1970-1978

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence and notes 1970

Box 1, Folder 3

Fliers and newsletters 1970-1972

Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs 1970

Box 1, Folder 5

Zoning ordinance 1964

Box 1, Folder 6-10

Clippings 1969-1987

Physical Description: [5 folders]
Box 1, Folder 11-12

Correspondence 1969-1971

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 13

Dances 1970-1973

Box 1, Folder 14

Financial statements 1970

Box 1, Folder 15-16

Fliers 1969-1971

Physical Description: [2 folders]
Box 1, Folder 17

Gay-Ins 1970-1971

Box 1, Folder 18

GLF v. Edward M. Davis, Los Angeles Chief of Police 1970

Box 1, Folder 19

Meeting minutes, writings 1969-1971

Box 1, Folder 20

Notes by Jim Kepner 1970

Scope and Contents note

Jim Kepner's handwritten notes
Box 1, Folder 21

Photographs 1969-1971

Scope and Contents note

Includes photographs of Morris Kight; Peter Sorgen; gay rights demonstrations and protests; demonstration at The Farm; demonstration at Macy's; demonstration at the National Association for Mental Health event at the Biltmore Hotel; and a protest of Bellevue Aushwitz.
Box 1, Folder 22

Press releases 1970-1975

Box 1, Folder 23

Statements of purpose 1970

Box 1, Folder 24

Survival Committee 1970

 

Series 2: Other Gay Liberation Front groups Bulk, 1970-1971 1970-1995

Physical Description: [10 folders]

Scope and Contents

This series includes fliers, correspondence, mailing lists, and publications related to several chapers of the Gay Liberation Front, as well as a small amount of material related to the 25th anniversary of the GLF.
Box 1, Folder 25

25th anniversary 1994-1995

Box 1, Folder 26

London 1971

Box 1, Folder 27

Milwaukee 1970

Box 1, Folder 28-29

New York City 1970-1971

Physical Description: [2 folders]

Scope and Contents note

In addition to flyers, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial documentation, and other internal documentation related to the New York City GLF, these files contain Gay Flames publications and mailing lists.
Box 1, Folder 30

Portland 1970

Box 1, Folder 31

Rochester, NY 1971

Box 1, Folder 32

San Diego 1970

Box 1, Folder 33

San Fernando Valley 1976-1977

Box 1, Folder 34

San Francisco 1970-1975

Box 1, Folder 35

Washington State Penitentiary circa 1970

Scope and Contents note

Platform statement and constitution for The Washington State Penitentiary Gay Liberation Front and pamphlet The Aid for Transsexuals in Prison.