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Gay Liberation Front

1822 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
1969 1972

Operated out of the home of gay rights activist Morris Kight.

In December 1969, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) activists in Los Angeles launched a branch of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), which had been recently founded by New York activists as a response to the Stonewall Riots. While LGBT activism had been growing and becoming more radical throughout the late 1960s, Stonewall and the GLF helped to fundamentally transform the gay movement and connect it to the antiwar, Black liberation, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements of the time.

In Los Angeles, the GLF operated out of the Westlake home of Morris Kight, a gay antiwar activist. One of the more famous actions it took was a protest against the "No Fags" sign at Barney's Beanery in West Hollywood. As an individual, Kight was also instrumental in forming the gay rights parade organization Christopher Street West. Kight and other GLF leaders also helped to form the Gay Community Services Center, which continues to serve the community today as the LA LGBT Center.