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Edgar Hoover was one of the most outspoken members of the government’s assault on gay people in the federal workforce. ”3 Although he led this crackdown, Hoover may have been keeping his own secret. Throughout his career, he had a very close relationship with his assistant, Clyde Tolson. The two men spent extensive time together. They were rumored to be in love. There were also unproven rumors that Hoover sometimes dressed in women’s clothing. Could the FBI director have been gay? If he had been, it would have certainly ruined his career.
3 The GLF stood up Inspired by Stonewall, radical activist groups such as the Gay Liberation Front fought for change. for more than just gay rights. It also supported several other leftist movements, including the Black Panthers (a militant African-American group) and the anti–Vietnam War movement. 51 The GLF did not The Firehouse In May 1971, the GAA opened the Firehouse, a converted Victorian firehouse on Wooster Street in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. It was not only the group’s headquarters but also the first gay community center in the country.
Eventually, it evolved into Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). 9 staff members. Among its goals were to pass antidiscrimination laws 53 54 and stop psychiatrists from defining homosexuality as a mental illness. COLLEGE GAY RIGHTS GROUPS The liberal social movement was very active on college campuses, where many students tried to start their own gay rights organizations. However, college administrations were not always as liberal as their students. In June 1970, students at the University of Kansas tried to start a branch of the GLF.