F.B.I. and Homosexuality: A History

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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homosexuality

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See also an art work on this subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation: Mattachine Society, May 21, 1953

Alphabetical Subject List

F.B.I. Surveillance of Possible Homosexuals and Homosexual Groups

Bankhead, Talulah -- 11 pages. See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_b.htm

Bernstein, Leonard -- 720 pages. See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_b.htm

Blitzstein, Marc: See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_r.htm

Blunt, Anthony -- 37 pages. See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_b.htm

Burgess, Guy (see Philby, Kim)

Gay Activists Alliance -- 534 pages
See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_g.htm

Gay Activists Alliance: 135 pages.
From the F.B.I. website: "This Civil Rights organization originated [sic] at Ohio State University in the 1970's and had several other Chapters throughout the United States, which were concerned with equal rights for gays and lesbians." URL: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/gayalli.htm
Part 01
Part 02

Gay Liberation Front -- 1,113 pages

Hoover and Tolson:
Authors who dismiss the rumors about Hoover's homosexuality and his relationship with Tolson r as unlikely. Add bibliographic information.
Authors who claim Hoover and/or Tolson were homosexuals or transvestites. Add bibliographic information.

Mattachine Society
See: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) release of material from FBI file number 100-HQ-403320 Subject: The Mattachine Society, 1948-1971 - [PDF 43 MB - 28-Jun-2010] at: http://governmentattic.org/
NOTE: Large file: 43 MB

Robins, Jerome: See: http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/foiaindex_r.htm


1940s: Since at least the 1940s unsubstantiated rumors have circulated that j. Edgar Hoover was homosexual.[1]


FBI Records: Our Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Website: See: http://foia.fbi.gov/

Wikipedia. J. Edgar Hoover: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Edgar_Hoover#cite_note-Cox.2C_John_Stuart_and_Theoharis.2C_Athan_G._1988_pg._108-22


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?


  1. Terry, Jennifer (1999). An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society. University of Chicago Press. pp. pg. 350. ISBN 0-226-79366-4.