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USC-ONE Archives refused to cooperate in an attempt to provide a venue to assess the impact of Stonewall on the development of the Los Angeles gay community.

The question that needs to be asked is why this attempted rewritingof L.A. gay history is occurring?

Los Angeles gay history can be divided into four very distinct and vastly different periods.

For the first time in gay history in L.A., Gay Liberation also supported and allied itself with other militant, community-based efforts (black, latinx, Asian, first nation, poor, civil rights, anti-war) that supported us.

West Hollywood City Hall at 8300 Santa Monica Blvd—one of the iconic sites of the Neo-Homophile period of L.A. gay history.

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