The First Gay Rights Victory: 61st Anniversary

This month marks the 61st anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding one of the earliest gay publications in America, ONE: The Homosexual Magazine,reports Daniel Villarreal at LGBTQ Nation.

The U.S. postal service had attempted to ban the magazine as “obscene,” and the one-sentence 1958 Supreme Court ruling in the magazine’s favor marked the first time gay rights ever won in the highest U.S. court.

The 1950s and ’60s were a time when being openly gay could get you arrested, beaten up by cops, thrown in jail, criminally charged as a sexual offender, fired from your job and publicly disgraced with your name published in the paper just for being in a gay bar or consorting with “known homosexuals.”

So any magazine about gay men was, in essence, encouraging criminal activity.