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Published in: May-June 2013 issue.


Letters to ONE: Gay and Lesbian Voices from the 1950s and 1960s by Craig M. LoftinLetters to ONE: Gay and Lesbian
Voices from the 1950s and 1960s

Craig Loftin
SUNY Press. 238 pages, $24.95


ONE MAGAZINE, America’s first openly gay publication, was launched in Los Angeles in January 1953. It continued going strong for almost a decade, until an internal split in the parent organization, One Inc., weakened the magazine. Still, it continued to publish in a diminished form up to 1967, only two years before Stonewall. I remember ONE well from the early 1960s, and have almost a complete run, which W. Dorr Legg, the long-time leader (some would say dictator) of One Inc., brought to me when he was visiting New York City.

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