The Insider, 1969, number 5

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The Insider, 1969, number 5


Gay liberation movement--Washington (D.C.)
Mattachine Society of Washington


The Mattachine Society of Washington (MSW) published The Insider, a newsletter for members that covered aspects of life in Washington DC before the Gay Blade first appeared in October 1969. In the late 1960s, Eva Freund and Richard Schaeffers wrote and edited the newsletter. The Insider gives readers a look into the monthly activities of The Mattachine Society during the Sixties as well as an overview of media views and MSW's support of other homophile groups of the period. The issues from 1966 and 1967 focus on internal Mattachine operations and meetings, with some attention to media interest in homosexuals. The issues from 1969 and 1970 chronicle internal operations, training sessions, and events. Readers will also find a distinct change in tone between the February 1969 and the January 1970 issues, as the editors note and support the dawning "Homosexual Revolt". Late issues of The Insider show MSW's support of the new Gay Blade and new organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front in New York.


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MSW and NACHO file suit against IRS over employee regulations, John Karr speaking on 'Homosexuals and the Law' at GWU, NACHO questionnaire to presidential candidates, events in the movement, bar owners respond to Gay is Good buttons, minutes of March meeting, new study of lesbians.


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The issues of The Insider are donations of Eva Freund and Paul Kuntzler and are used with the permission of Dr Franklin E Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington. MSW retains copyright.

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mimeographed newsletter



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