do you know any history on 1970's Homosexuality in Los Angeles? (any websites/documentaries?). Im doing a class project on that and its pretty tricky to find things since most of the liberation movement took place in SF and NY. Thanks btw!
I will continuing my research on this and let you know more as I learn more myself.
I know that the riots at the Black Cat Tavern often goes by undisclosed (there is a brief post on it HERE) but that occurred before Stonewall.
Since you are focusing in Los Angeles, I would also recommend checking into film history. The Hayes code was almost all but obsolete minus the ban on homosexuals in film. There is a great book by Vito Russo called The Celluloid Closet and HBO made it into a documentary in the 90s. You can watch most it on YouTube (and there is a brief post about it HERE).
The Los Angeles Times (along with the New York magazine) both refused to take out ads which catered to queer* clientele. There was political backlash against both publications with threats from sponsors, corporations and officials.
For politics and gay raids, check out William “Wild Bill Parker” Park and the surge in arrests in the late 60s for perversion.
Also, there is a book out called Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics and Lipstick Lesbians that may be so some help. (Amazon link HERE, but I would see if you could do a inner-library loan with your school.)
Can you post about Albert Cashier? I was researching trans* identities and he was mentioned in a couple articles. I did some digging and think everyone following this blog should know who he is and what he did. It's an amazing story.
About a year ago I posted briefly on Cashier. Sadly, much of his history has been washed away over time. You can read a few brief things HERE.