F.B.I. and Homosexuality: A History

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This is the introduction to OutHistory articles about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's surveillance of homosexuals, alleged homosexuals, persons alleging persons to be homosexuals, and persons associated in some more distant way with homosexuality, as well as homosexual rights groups, and anti-homosexual groups and persons.

OutHistory is asking the public to help survey what evidence exists about the FBI's surveillance of homosexuals and homosexuality. In December 2011, the founder of OutHistory.org, sent out a press release asking the public for such research assistance. See: Jonathan Ned Katz: "F.B.I Surveillance of Homosexuals and Gay Groups, December 18, 2011

In part, this is a survey of the history and evidence of rumors. We are interested in evaluating that documentation within its original social and historical context and asking what it reveals, especially about American sexuality and gender.

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

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, 1910-1949: 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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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, 1980-present

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

See also:

Angela "Angie" Calomiris: August 1, 1916 - January 30, 1995

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

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

*Mitchell Halberstadt: A Gay Youth Group, the FBI, and the Community, November 28, 1984

Rumor in LGBTQ History: Bibliography and Timeline

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

Searching the FBI Website for Homosexual History

Art Work

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