Carolyn Weathers

Carolyn Weathers Collection

Carolyn Weathers has a story to tell. She, along with her sister Brenda—daughters of a Southern Baptist preacher—moved to Los Angeles not long after Brenda was expelled from a Texas University when it was discovered she was lesbian (and she refused to deny it.) With great admiration for her sister, Carolyn, a lesbian herself, became an outspoken activist in the early gay liberation movement. She appeared openly lesbian guest on a Regis Philbin talk show in 1970.

Dr. Blanche Baker (in wheelchair) with her husband in ONE Incorporated’s offices, c. 1959. ONE Incorporated Records. ONE Archives at the USC Libraries

Dr. Blanche Baker and ONE Inc.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental illness that could be cured or managed by psychotherapy treatments. While many therapists quietly dismissed this in practice, Dr. Blanche Baker put her career on the line by publically challenging the designation.