F.B.I. and Homosexuality: A History

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MAIN PAGE of OutHistory articles about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's surveillance of homosexuals, alleged homosexuals, persons alleging persons to be homosexuals, persons associated somehow with homosexuality, homosexual rights groups, and anti-homosexual groups and persons. OutHistory's intention is to survey what is reliably known about the FBI's surveillance of homosexuals and homosexuality. In part, this is a history of the evidence of rumors.

The entries and sources are based on information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and in numbers of books and articles. .

Below: Illustration with article critical of the FBI and Hoover by Ray Tucker, head of Collier's bureau in Washington, D.C. (see F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Chronology, Part 1: 1933, August 19 ). We're reproducing it extra large here so OutHistory users can see all the spying going on. Colliers.Pix.300dpi.jpeg


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See also:

F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Bibliography

F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Chronology, Part 1, 1910-1949

F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Chronology, Part 2, 1950-1979

F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Chronology, Part 3

F.B.I. and Homosexuality: Persons and Groups Investigated

John Edgar Hoover: January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972

McCarthyism, Homophobia, and Homosexuality: 1940s-1950s

Rumor in LGBTQ History: Bibliography and Timeline


Whatever their truth or falsity, how can the rumors about J. Edgar Hoover's homosexuality and cross-dressing be studied as evidence in the history of sexuality and gender?

Art Work

Katz, Jonathan Ned. Art work based on Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance of The Mattachine Society, May 21, 1953