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The collection consists of gay and lesbian magazines and newsletters from 1953 to 2014, a large portion of which were published by ONE Inc. The content of the magazines includes short stories, poetry, book reviews, news articles, editorials, scholarly articles, images, artwork, and cartoons.
In the 1950s organizations began to form to support LGBT communities. The Mattachine Society was one of the earliest gay movement organizations for gay men, founded in 1950 in Los Angeles (williamapercy.com). One Inc. was founded in 1952 as a mixed gender “…non-political and non-sectarian organization concerned with the interests of the millions of homosexual American men and women.” According to the articles of incorporation their primary goal was “…to publish and disseminate a magazine dealing primarily with homosexuality from a scientific, historical and critical point of view, and to aid in the social integration and rehabilitation of the sexual variant.” (ONE Incorporated records, Coll2011.001, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California) Another prominent group called The Daughters of Bilitis, was a lesbian organization formed as “a women’s organization for the purpose of promoting the integration of the homosexual into society.”
15 boxes [7 linear ft]
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