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Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Morris Kight (center) leads a Gay Liberation Front (GLF) protest at Barney's Beanery regarding their posting of "Fagots [sic] Stay Out" signs. 1969.
Pat Rocco / Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
A photo of a rally in support of AIDS awareness
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos march at the Los Angeles Christopher Street West pride parade. June 1982.
Pat Rocco / Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, and masked gay psychiatrist Dr. H. Anonymous with Judd Marmor at the podium speaking at the American Psychiatric Association. May 1972.
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
A photo of a gay wedding
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Philadelphia gay wedding. This photograph was part of a set that was deemed inappropriate by a photo shop in Philadelphia and never returned to the customer. Circa 1957.
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Carolyn and Brenda Weathers in a Tijuana restaurant. Brenda's girlfriend had just dumped a plate of enchiladas on Brenda's head and stormed out. In a flash, staff appeared, cleaned Brenda up and sent in the mariachis and free photographer. Circa 1965-1968
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Men socialize by the seashore in Cherry Grove. August 1952.
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
The Blue Max Motorcycle Club, a gay motorcycle club founded in 1968 in Los Angeles
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) drag performance. Undated.
Milt Owens / Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
Matthew and Buddy of Glendale costume party presumably from their home. They often held costume parties at their house as an alternative to the bar scene. Circa June 1969.
Matthew and Buddy of Glendale / Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
Denise Crippen and Carolyn Weathers with other demonstrators picketting the Gay Community Services Center. May 6, 1975.
A photo of the Isla Vista Women's Center
Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries


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Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. The fight for marriage equality has been the dominant political issue the LGBT community in Southern California has rallied behind in the last decade, beginning with the battle to defeat Proposition 8 in 2008.

In this AirTalk exclusive, we take a look at gay life and the history of the growth and evolution of the LGBT community in Los Angeles and Orange County – decades before marriage equality was thought of as a reality, decades before the center of gay life migrated to West Hollywood, decades before the AIDS epidemic would redraw and redefine gay life in Los Angeles and other Southern California gay enclaves.

Here to discuss these issues and more are noted historian Lillian Faderman, and the director of the ONE archives, Joseph Hawkins.

Call 866-893-5722 to share your memories, your favorite old LGBT hangouts and haunts, and more.

Lillian Faderman will be in Los Angeles throughout October for a series of readings and book signings for her new book, “The Gay Revolution.”

Saturday, October 17, 2015 – 4:00PM
Book Soup

Sunday, October 18, 2015 – 2:30PM
June Mazer Lesbian Archives

Monday, October 19, 2015 – 7:00PM
Library Foundation of Los Angeles, ALOUD Series  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 – 7:00PM
Burbank Public Library

Guests:

Lillian Faderman, historian and author of many on GLBTQ history, including “Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians” (Basic Books, 2006). Her newest book is “The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle” (Simon & Schuster, 2015)

Joseph Hawkins, director of ONE archives at the USC libraries, the world’s largest collection of LGBTQ artifacts. He is also an associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the school