Saturday, January 28th, 2023

Rogues Gallery

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Rogues Gallery

of Homosexual Rights Activists


What else would you call a pioneer of the homophile movement but a “rogue”?

In the days when many of these people entered in to activism, sodomy was illegal in every state, and to be branded a “homosexual” was to become as great a threat to national security as a Communist. To be a known homosexual was to be a pariah; to defend one legally, publicly, or scientifically could mark the end of a career.

These are some of the men and women who changed the course of history by launching a movement in defense of homosexual rights circa 1950. Many called themselves “homophiles”; others preferred “homosexuals” or “Mattachinos.” Some loathed all labels. Very few — Jim Kepner and Harry Hay being notable exceptions — anticipated or survived the post-Stonewall transition into LGBT activism.

Nevertheless, the contributions of these pioneering heroes and their more rebellious progeny laid the foundation for the many institutions built and victories won since the second-wave of the movement, for Gay and Lesbian Liberation, was established in the wake of that famous 1969 rebellion at Stonewall. These pages will to help to contextualize and situate their place history.


TypePerson
Source or AuthorBornDeceasedDate PublishedSource
ProfileBenard, PaulHughes, David1916.04.241954.11.07Tangents Online
ProfileBrissette, GerryHughes, David1926.11.121980.09.20Tangents Online
InterviewBullough, Vern L.
White, C. Todd1928.07.24
2006.06.21
Tangents Online
ProfileBullough, Vern L. White, C. Todd1928.07.242006.06.21Tangents Online
InterviewCall, HalCain, Paul D.1917.09.202000.12.182017.05.29Tangents Online
InterviewCall, HalCain, Paul D.1917.09.20
2000.12.18Leading the Parade
InterviewEyde, Edythe (“Lisa Ben“)Cain, Paul D.1921.11.07
Leading the Parade
ProfileFleischman, FlorineWhite, C. ToddTangents Online
ProfileGlover, BillyWhite, C. Todd1932.09.16
Tangents Online
InterviewHansen, JosephWhite, C. Todd1923.07.19
2004.11.24
Tangents Online
ProfileHansen, JosephHansen, Joseph1923.07.192004.11.24
Tangents Online
ProfileHay, HarryThompson, Mark1912.04.072002.10.24Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning
InterviewHay, HarryThompson, Mark1912.04.072002.10.24Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning
ProfileHull, BobHughes, David1918.05.311962.05.01Tangents Online
ProfileJennings, William DaleWhite, C. Todd
1917.10.21
2000.05.31Tangents Online
ProfileJennings, William DaleWarner Brothers Studios1917.10.212000.05.31Warner Brothers Studios
Profile/Obituary
Kepner, JamesPotvin, Ernie1923.01.19 (?)1997.11.15Tangents Online
ProfileKepner, JimMurray, Stephen O.1923.01.19 (?)1997.11.15
InterviewKepner, JimCain, Paul D.1923.01.19 (?)
1997.11.15Leading the Parade
InterviewKhan, BaddrudinMurray, Stephen O.
Profile Kight, MorrisCherry, Mary Ann1919.11.192003.01.19
ObituaryLee, John AlanMurray, Stephen O. 1933.08.242013.12.05
InterviewLegg, W. DorrCain, Paul D.1904.12.151994.07.26Leading the Parade
ProfileMaxey, Wallace de OrtegaHughes, David1902.02.22
1992.03.12
Tangents Online
ProfileRowland, ChuckHughes, David1917.08.24
1990.12.27Tangents Online
InterviewSchalchlin, SteveWhite, C. Todd1953.10.04Tangents Online
ProfileSchneider, James VernonWhite, C. Todd1932.04.042013.11.11Tangents Online
InterviewSelwyn, HerbWhite, C. Todd1925.04.252016.02.03Tangents Online
ProfileShafer, DrewRay, Mickey1989.09.30Tangents Online
ObituarySlater, DonBarney, Jeanne Chelsey1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.08Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituariesSlater, DonWhite, C. Todd1923.08.211997.02.14Tangents Online
ObituarySlater, DonBullough, Vern L.1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.11Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonHay, Harry1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.09Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonSchneider, Don1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.13Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonLucas, Charles L.1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.07
ObituarySlater, DonGlover, Billy1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.15Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonReyes, Tony1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.04Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonKepner, Jim1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.03Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonHarris, Paul1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.10Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonIngersoll, Ross1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.06Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonKight, Morris1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.12Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonHansen, Joseph1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.02Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonFrisbie, Fred1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.05Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
ObituarySlater, DonHowe, Susan1923.08.211997.02.141997.05.14Don Slater: a gay rights pioneer remembered by his friends
Profile
Slater, DonWhite, C. Todd1923.08.211997.02.14Tangents Online
ProfileWicker, Randy
Wicker, Randy1938.02.03

Slater1This section of Tangents online is dedicated to one of the greatest Rogues of all, Don Slater, Founder of ONE, ISHR, and HIC; Editor of ONE and Tangents magazines; and Founder of the ONE Library (now the Blanche M. Baker Memorial Library), the oldest ongoing organizational archives in the U.S. dedicated to homosexual issues.