“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Mattachine Steps

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1. Mattachine Steps Marker
Inscription.  Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society on this hillside on November 11, 1950.
Erected by City of Los Angeles.
Location. 34° 5.718′ N, 118° 15.671′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Cove Avenue east of Silver Lake Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2355 Cove Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90039, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Neutra Studio and Residences (approx. ¼ mile away); Mack Sennett Studios (approx. 0.7 miles away); Aimee Semple McPherson (approx. 1.4 miles away); William Mulholland (approx. 1.6 miles away); Carroll Avenue (approx. 1.9 miles away); Glendale Station Clock (approx. 2 miles away); Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Jewish Site in Los Angeles (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
Also see . . .  Mattachine Society ( "One of the earliest American gay movement (or homophile) organizations, the Mattachine Society
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2. Mattachine Steps Marker
began in Los Angeles in the winter of 1950. It was formed by Harry Hay , a leading gay activist and former Communist Party member, along with seven other gay men.... The name refers to the Société Mattachine, a French medieval masque group that allegedly traveled from village to village, using ballads and dramas to point out social injustice. The name was meant to symbolize the fact that "gays were a masked people, unknown and anonymous."... By sharing their personal experiences as gay men and analyzing homosexuals in the context of an oppressed cultural minority , the Mattachine founders attempted to redefine the meaning of being gay in the United States...." (Submitted on April 8, 2019.) 
Additional keywords. LGBT LGBTQ
Categories. Civil Rights
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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