The Ladder

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852 Cherokee Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States

The Ladder was among the earliest lesbian publications in the United States. It was published by the Daughters of Bilitis, a lesbian organization based out of San Francisco with a large chapter in Los Angeles. The magazine ran from 1956 through 1972.

Faderman, Lillian. Gay L.A: a History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: Basic Books, 2006.

White, C. Todd. “Drama, Power and Politics: ONE Magazine, Mattachine Review and The Ladder in the Era of Homophile Activism.” Gay Press, Gay Power : the Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America. First edition., Prairie Avenue Productions and Windy City Media Group, 2012.

White, C. Todd. Pre-Gay L.A. : a Social History of the Movement for Homosexual Rights. University of Illinois Press, 2009.

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