Mapping LGBT History in Los Angeles
By OUTTraveler Editors
From Downtown to the Pacific Ocean, Curbed LA mapped some of the most historic LGBT spots around Los Angeles. Included are the home of Harry Hay, founder of the Mattachine Society, believed to be the first modern gay rights group, and the residence of Rev. Troy Perry, who organized one of the nation's first PRIDE parades.
Other places of note include the picnic grounds of Griffith Park, the site of "Gay-ins" in the late 1960s and Downtown's Pershing Square park, a popular cruising spot in the first half of the 20th-century; the park was a central part of John Rechy's groundbreaking novel City of Night. Also included is Silver Lake's Black Cat Tavern, a gay bar that sparked the nation's first LGBT riots when it was raided in 1967 (two years before Stonewall). Two men affected by the raids, Richard Mitch and Bill Rau, would start not only an LGBT civil rights organization, but The Advocate, a sister publication to Out Traveler. Initially, the gay rights magazine was secretly published in the basement of ABC Studios in Los Feliz, which also gets a shout-out on the map.
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