Prologue: 1960s

Crompton 1969

Lou Crompton, 1969

1967 Lou Crompton places an ad in the Lincoln Star (the local morning paper, which is now the once a day local newspaper, The Lincoln Journal Star) to advertise the Mattachine Society. Lou knew about the gay rights movement but nothing seemed to be happening in the Midwest so he included his phone number so he could start a local chapter of the Mattachine Society. Lou did receive a call from a graduate student and the police, who asked him to come down to the station to talk. Lou called the ACLU, who advised him to decline as there was no basis for the request. Lou was also a board member for the ACLU at the time.