Queer Social Groups Before Stonewall


In the 1950s, the Mattachine Society was formed by a small group of homosexual men. This, in a way, was the start of the Gay Liberation movement. The very first 'gay meeting' happened in an apartment, behind closed curtains and locked doors, with a lookout, because they believed that they could be arrested for talking about gay issues. This society was the first opportunity that many gay men had to meet other gay men in a social setting. There even were two magazines published for gay people, called 'Mattachine Review' and 'One.' Another group, made up of lesbians, was known as the Daughters of Bilitis, and they published a journal called 'The Ladder' as a form of communication between those in the group and the community

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