ONE’s 60th Anniversary

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives is excited to announce its 60th Anniversary! Founded in 1952, ONE is the oldest active LGBTQ organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. To celebrate our 60th we are launching a year of innovative programs and exhibitions highlighting the rich history of queer organizing in Los Angeles. In tandem with this programming, ONE has also launched an initiative to seek out important organizational records to be preserved in the historical legacy at ONE. All programming related to ONE’s 60th Anniversary have been made possible by the generous support of Wells Fargo.



In June 2012 ONE launched our 60th year with Defiant Spaces: 60 Years of Queer Organizations in L.A. The exhibition opened at the Los Angeles City Hall in conjunction with the city’s LGBT Heritage Month and explored the history of forty-four queer organizations founded in Southern California. Beginning with the foundational organizing of homophile groups such at the Mattachine and ONE Inc. in the 1950s and 60s, the exhibition chronicled organizations that arose from the Gay Liberation and Women’s movements in the 1970s and the collective response to AIDS in the 1980s and 90s. As part of the exhibition’s opening, the Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa hosted a special reception and the Los Angeles City Hall was bathed in brilliant lavender lighting for the month of June.


On October 6, 2012, ONE was excited to present Letters to ONE: From Fringe to Forefront,” a special evening featuring dramatic readings of heartfelt, poignant, and deeply personal letters written to ONE Magazine, the first widely distributed gay publication in the U.S. Performed by several LGBTQA actors and adapted and directed by Zsa Zsa Gershick, this performance revealed extraordinary insight into the incredible resilience, creativity and adaptation of the LGBTQ community during the intolerant McCarthy era. The event also included a Q&A with historian Craig Loftin, author of Letters to ONE, moderated by USC Professor and ONE Archives Board Member, Chris Freeman; a special ceremony recognizing the ACLU LGBT Project and the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association (LGLA) which have chosen to preserve their historical legacies at ONE Archives; and the opening of Meeting in the Margins: 60 Years of Queer Organizations in the Archive, an eclectic, in-depth presentation of materials from ONE spotlighting queer organizations founded in Los Angeles.

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Coming up on December 1st, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, in partnership with the City of West Hollywood, presents “AIDS at 31: Looking Back/Looking Ahead,” a ONE Archives 60th Anniversary Benefit event for World AIDS Day. This historic day of  programming about HIV/AIDS will feature visionary speakers, groundbreaking cinema, and thought provoking exhibits.

Treasures from Dr. Mark Katz’s personal collection on HIV/AIDS, assembled over 28 years, will be on display in the courtyard beginning at 1pm, along with ONE Archives’ 12-panel AIDS History Timeline (the exhibit is free and open to the public). At 2pm, “Too Little, Too Late,” the first of two pioneering AIDS films of the 1980’s, will be screened followed by a filmmaker Q&A. From 4:00pm-5:30pm, the program will feature Dr. Michael Gottlieb who will present, “HIV: Across the Generations,” followed by Dr. Mark Katz’s, “Recollections and Collections: A Physician Remembers AIDS.” The program will also include performances by Cabaret entertainer and Cantor, Juval Porat and Visionary Gospel Stylist and HIV+ Transwoman, Our Lady J. In the evening, from 7:00pm-10:00pm, ONE will present the second AIDS film, “An Early Frost,” followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

During the event, ONE will be showcasing several foundational AIDS organizations from Los Angeles who have established their collections at ONE, along with a memorial slideshow of loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. Tickets begin at (all proceeds benefit ONE Archives AIDS History Project) and will be available to purchase shortly. For more information about this event, please visit:

Additional programming for ONE’s 60th Anniversary include:

Looking ahead to February 2013, ONE will explore the history of LGBTQ publishing in Los Angeles through an exhibition at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum. Modeled after a research room, the exhibition will feature an eclectic assortment of historical LGBTQ publications, photocopied for visitors to peruse and investigate. Publications in the exhibition include ONE Magazine, Transvestia, The Los Angeles Advocate, The Lesbian Tide, Mirage, The L.A. Free Press, and BLK, among others. Additional archival materials and rare copies of publications will also be presented.

We hope to see you at these exciting programs! 


Generous support for programs and exhibitions presented in conjunction with ONE’s 60th Anniversary provided by Wells Fargo.


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