The Homosexual Information Center (HIC), a nonprofit organization committed to gathering
and disseminating information and data to the public regarding all aspects of
homosexuality, has its roots in ONE Incorporated. Established in 1952, One Incorporated
was one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Its founding members
included Dale Jennings, Harry Hay, Dorr Legg, and Don Slater, all of whom sought to
unify homosexuals into social action. The organization conceived of and published ONE
Magazine, first distributed in 1953, which was dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual
issues. In 1955 the organization established an educational division, called ONE
Institute for Homophile Studies, the first educational institution in the United States
dedicated to the study of homosexuality. The organization quickly expanded in the years
1953-1956 to include the educational division, a publications division, a social
services division, and a library.
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