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Los Angeles LGBT Center records
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The Los Angeles LGBT Center collection, 1971-2019, documents the business and work of the Center, covering a broad range of activities and functions including general business operations and administration; LGBTQ advocacy and activism efforts; theatrical and art events; fundraising; and social and health services. Materials include records, correspondence, public relations and marketing materials, flyers, posters, programs, ephemera, photographs, negatives, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, and other media.
The Center was founded in 1969, by Don Kilhefner and Morris Kight and other lesbian and gay activists, some of whom were also part of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). Originally called the Gay Community Services Center, the original center opened in October of 1971 in an old Victorian house on Wilshire Boulevard and was the first non-profit in America to have the word "gay" in its name. Services were provided free of charge, with the exception of housing for which a nominal per diem fee was charged. In accordance with the founders' concept of "community," the Center was staffed entirely by gays and lesbians, most of whom were volunteers.
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All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.