Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

1960s Gay Intellectual Life: Vintage magazine

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 11, 2010 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Media, Politics
Tags: gay history, gay magazine, gay writers, literature, ONE magazine, vintage

Sometimes I think people today imagine that all of gay theory, activism and political debate didn't begin until Stonewall (or maybe even the Interrnet -- agh!). But, hard as it may seem to believe, your grandparents' and their grandparents' were advocating for the rights and freedoms you're still fighting for today.

So it was awesome to find a picture of this 1965 publication to share with the younger Bilericans, and even better to note that this magazine was founded around 1952. The art work conveys the classic mid-60s avant-garde intellectual gestalt, from the pipe-smoking thinker to the minimalist cover design.


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Kathy Padilla | October 11, 2010 11:41 AM

I have a copy of their book - here's the Worldcat listing:

"Homosexuals today; a handbook of organizations & publications."
Author: Marvin Cutler; One, inc., Los Angeles.
Publisher: Los Angeles, Publications Division of One, inc., 1956.
Edition/Format: Book : English

It's a listing of organizations & publications of the day - and some background on the status in different countries.

They only list 20 copies available, at research libraries. I send you a pic of the cover etc.

Paige Listerud | October 11, 2010 11:51 AM

Yeah, smoke that pipe nerdy gay dude!

I've read so much about ONE but I've never actually read ONE. Anyone know of any copies put online?

If you haven't, read "Gay L.A." by Lilian Faderman and Stuart Timmons. I think you'll love it. There is, in fact, quite a rich history and it didn't just start with the Boomers. Do you know about the 1958 Supreme Court decision that for the first time allowed explicit sexual material to be mailed? Game-changing.

Always GREAT to read you!

It is frustrating to know that people who are interested in glbt history have never heard of or seen a copy of the first public publication, ONE. It is of course available in our archives:ONE at USC and HIC at Cal State Northridge, and some info is online at More will be later. There are copies available to libraries-samples, not complete years. We are thinking of giving a sample copy to people making donations to us.

Chitown Kev | October 13, 2010 3:28 PM

OH, leave the nerdy gay dude alone (speaking as a nerdy gay dude, myself)

That picture is just fabulous.