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Table of Known Pseudonyms

Pre-Gay L.A.: A Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights

Known Pseudonyms of Homophile-Era Activists and Authors

by C. Todd White, Ph.D.

Compiled through research for Pre-Gay L.A.

From the first days of the clandestine Mattachine Foundation through the mid 1960s, many homophile-era activists wrote under pseudonyms.

While this was in part for protection, it also served to magnify their apparent numbers, especially in the early editions of ONE magazine.

Some of the magazine’s first contributors, such as Dale Jennings, wrote some of their most incendiary commentary under a nom-de-plume in order to ignite and inspire controversy. This proved problematic when some men, most notably Bill Lambert (aka W. Dorr Legg) wrote under a woman’s name (see the resignation letter of Stella Rush). The ensuing controversy drove a wedge between the men and women of ONE from which the organization would never recover.

Some of the brave pioneers of the movement, such as ONE’s longstanding editor Don Slater, published under their real names from the start. Ironically, when Joseph Hansen began writing for ONE in the 1960s, Slater refused to let him use his real name; thus James Colton was born.

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Pen Names and Aliases
True Name
?, MarylinHunter, Alison
?, NancyHunter, Alison
Aldrich, AnnPacker, Vin
Bernard, Fritz (Dr.)
Servatius, Victor
Berquist, Roy
Berlinson, Rolf
Bird, Merton L.
Byrd, M.
Bird, Merton L.
Rousseau, Guy
Boyfrank, Monwell
Boy Frank, Manuel
Corbin, Joan
Elloree, Eve
Coron, Gregory
Carr, Gregory
de Crayencour, Marguerite
Yourcenar, Marguerite
Eyde, EdytheBen, Lisa
Frisbie, Fred
Mortenson, George
Fugaté, James
Barr, James
Gibson, Jack
Colfax, Jack
Glover, William E. (Billy)
McIntire, W. E. G.
Grier, Barbara
Damon, Gene
Hansen, Jane
Race, Jane
Hansen, Joseph
Colton, James
Hay, Henry “Harry”Harrison, Joseph
Hay, Henry “Harry”MacDonald, Eann
Horvath, AliceHunter, Alison
Ingersoll, Ross
Martin, Marcel
Jennings, Dale
Lalo, Elizabeth
Jennings, Dale
K., Heironymus
Jennings, Dale
Winters, Jeff
Jennings, Dale
Noone, R.
Jung, Rudolf Alexander
Burkhardt, Rudolf von
Kepner, James
Golovitz, Frank
Kepner, James
Arnold, Jane
Kepner, James
Arnold, John
Kepner, James
Pederson, Lyn
Kepner, James
McIntyre, Dal
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg)
Lane, Wendy
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg)
Conger, Richard
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg)
Cutler, Marvin
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg)
Barnes, Hollister
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg)
Hunter, Alison
Marchant, Anyda
Aldridge, Sarah
Maxey, Wallace de Ortega
David, Wallace
McNeal, “Mac”
Neal, K. O.
Meaker, Marijane
Packer, Vin
Meaker, Marijane
Aldrich, Ann
Newton, Robert (Bob)
Earl, Robert
Onthank, Wilna "Willi"Frederic, Dawn
Perdue, Betty
Jackson, Geraldine
Peters, Arthur A.
Peters, Fritz
Pincherlo, Alberto
Morovia, Alberto
Routsong, AlmaMiller, Isabel
Rowland, Chuck
Fry, Don
Rowland, Chuck
Freeman, David L.
Rush, StellaRadick, Ellis
Rush, Stella
Russell, Sten
Sagarin, Edward
Cory, Donald Webster
Samson, Chuck (Chet)
Thompson, Chuck
Sandoz, Helen
Cat, Ben
Sandoz, Helen
Sanders, Helen
Slater, Don
James, Gregory
Slater, Don
McIntire, Dal
Slater, Don
Colfax, Leslie
Steinert, Rudolph (Rudi) Stewart, Rudy H.
Tate, Velma (born Velma Young)
Davenport, Francine
Tate, Velma (born Velma Young)
Taylor, Valerie
Thompson, Merritt M.
Merritt, Thomas M.
Vest, D. B.
Heard, Gerald
Vidal, Gore
Box, Edgar
Weaver, Joe
Aaron, Joe
Weldy, Ann
Bannon, Ann
Werres, Johannes
Argo, Jack
Wolf, Irma “Corky”
Reid, Ann Carll


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