Aristide Joseph "A.J." Laurent was a
U.S. Airman, writer, publisher, printer, and pioneer activist for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender (LGBT) communities. He clandestinely co-founded
—the oldest and largest LGBT publication in the United States—in the
basement studios of ABC Television in 1967, two years prior to the infamous Stonewall Riots
of NYC which marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in America. Consisting
primarily of clippings, photographs, correspondence, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, the
Aristide J. Laurent Collection documents aspects of Laurent's
personal life and advocacy involvement, and provides a unique perspective for considering
the social and political history of the early LGBT rights movements.
Aristide Joseph "A.J." Laurent was born in Magnolia Springs, Alabama on September 15, 1941
to farm hand Duval "Buck" Laurent and Elizabeth "Betty" Weeks. He had one younger sister,
Carol Elizabeth Weeks (1945-2010). After graduating from Weeks High School in 1960, he
enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years, first as a signals
intelligence operator in Karamursel, Turkey and later as an instructor at the Keesler Air
Force Base in Mississippi.
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