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From the first days of the clandestine Mattachine through the mid 1960s, many homophile-era activists wrote under pseudonyms. While this was in part for protection, it also served to magnify their apparent numbers, especially in the early editions of ONE Magazine. Some of the magazine’s first contributors, such as Dale Jennings, wrote some of their most incendiary commentary under a nom-de-plume in order to ignite and inspire controversy. This proved problematic when some men, most notably Bill Lambert (aka W. Dorr Legg) wrote under a woman’s name. The ensuing controversy drove a wedge between the men and women of ONE from which the organization would never recover.


Some of the brave pioneers of the movement, such as ONE’s longstanding editor Don Slater, published under their real names from the start. Ironically, when Joseph Hansen began writing for ONE in the 1960’s, Slater refused to let him use his real name; thus James Colton was born.


Please contact C. Todd White at todd@tangentroup.org to report errors or omissions from this table.


Real Name Pseudonym
Berquist, Roy Berlinson, Rolf
Bernard, Fritz (Dr.) Servatius, Victor
Bird, Merton L. Byrd, M.
Bird, Merton L. Rousseau, Guy
Boyfrank, Monwell Boy Frank, Manuel
Corbin, Joan Elloree, Eve
Coron, Gregory Carr, Gregory
de Crayencour, Marguerite Yourcenar, Marguerite
Frisbie, Fred Mortenson, George
Fugaté, James Barr, James
Gibson, Jack Colfax, Jack
Glover, William E. (Billy) McIntire, W. E. G.
Grier, Barbara Damon, Gene
Hansen, Joseph Colton, James
Hansen, Jane Race, Jane
Hay, Henry (Harry) MacDonald, Eann
Ingersoll, Ross Martin, Marcel
Jennings, Dale K., Heironymus
Jennings, Dale Lalo, Elizabeth
Jennings, Dale Noone, R.
Jennings, Dale Winters, Jeff
Jung, Rudolf Alexander Burkhardt, Rudolf von
Kepner, James Arnold, John
Kepner, James Arnold, Jane
Kepner, James McIntyre, Dal
Kepner, James Pederson, Lyn
Kepner, James Golovitz, Frank
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg) Barnes, Hollister
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg) Cutler, Marvin
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg) Conger, Richard
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg) Hunter, Alison
Lambert, William (Dorr Legg) Lane, Wendy
Marchant, Anyda Aldridge, Sarah
McNeal, “Mac” Neal, K. O.
Meaker, Marijane Aldrich, Ann
Meaker, Marijane Packer, Vin
Newton, Robert (Bob) Earl, Robert
Perdue, Betty Jackson, Geraldine
Peters, Arthur A. Peters, Fritz
Pincherlo, Alberto Morovia, Alberto
Rowland, Chuck Freeman, David L.
Rowland, Chuck Fry, Don
Rush, Stella Russell, Sten
Sagarin, Edward Cory, Donald Webster
Samson, Chuck (Chet) Thompson, Chuck
Sandoz, Helen Sanders, Helen
Sandoz, Helen Cat, Ben
Slater, Don Colfax, Leslie
Slater, Don James, Gregory
Slater, Don McIntire, Dal
Steinert, Rudolph (Rudi) Stewart, Rudy H.
Tate, Velma (born Velma Young) Davenport, Francine
Tate, Velma (born Velma Young) Taylor, Valerie
Thompson, Merritt M. Merritt, Thomas M.
Vest, D. B. Heard, Gerald
Vidal, Gore Box, Edgar
Weaver, Joe Aaron, Joe
Weldy, Ann Bannon, Ann
Werres, Johannes Argo, Jack
Wolf, Irma “Corky” Reid, Ann Carll

Text by C. Todd White. Copyright (©) 2010 by the The Homosexual Information Center. All rights reserved.
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Here's one for you: Jack Nichols wrote under the nickname of "Warren Adkins" during the 1960s because his father, John Richard Nichols Sr., was an active duty Special Agent for the FBI and Jack promised he would not use his real name until his father retired. Jack also used that name in the 1967 CBS Documentary "The Homosexuals" where he was the first person interviewed by Mike Wallace.



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