ONE the Homosexual Viewpoint
The Covers

1953 - 1972

The One, Inc., which took its name from Thomas Carlyle's statement that "A mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one," was founded in LA in 1952 as a homophile organization with connections to the Mattachine Society. As the first pro-gay journal of its kind, it serves as an important source for pre-Stonewall homophile studies. In 1954 the US Post Office declared it obscene, leading to a four-year legal battle (chronicled in its pages) that concluded with a favorable decision as part of Roth vs. United States. Aside from its articles covering topics ranging from the Beatniks and Gay marriage to homosexuality and national security, One Magazine also featured poetry and short fiction by numerous prominent authors. (Description from Bolerium Books)

What's in ONE? My friend Tyler Alpern has compiled an extensive index for that on his site.

1953

first year,
6"x7" issues

 

 

1954

remaining years, 51/2" x 8 1/2"

 

 

No Issues for
Aug & Sep

1955

 

1956


Apr & May
Combined Issue

Jun & Jul
Combined Issue

 

Aug & Sep
Combined Issue

 

Oct & Nov
Combined Issue

1957
 

 

Jun & Jul
Combined Issue

 

Aug & Sep
Combined Issue

 

Oct & Nov
Combined Issue

1958
 
1959
 
1960
 
1961
 
1962
 
1963
 
1964
 

1965

Richard Conger became editor with the May issue, after the split

 
1966

 

Apr & May
Combined Issue

 

 

Sep & Oct
Combined Issue

1967
 

 

Jul to Dec
Combined Issue

 

1972

After a gap of four years Richard Conger and Jim Kepner again began publishing One in
8 1/2"x11" format, lasting four bimonthly issues

 

Combined Issues
Jan & Feb
Mar & Apr
May & Jun
Jul & Aug

 
In May of 1965 Editor Don Slater and some of the staff broke away from ONE, and they thought they could continue publishing the magazine under that name, and did so from May through August. Then a judge ruled they could not...so they changed their name and their magazine to Tangents.
So, technically for those four months there were dueling issues of ONE (though fortunately the title graphic was different)
1965

 

 

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Tangents lasted through March 1970

There were other publications associated with ONE:  ONE Confidential; ONE Institute Quarterly, Homophile Studies; ONE Letter; and Mattachine Review

 

The ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries in Los Angeles is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. They have examples of their collection of ONE in a wall display. I took this photo in 2004, and it inspired me to do this page, to let people soak in the the visuals of this history.