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LGBTQ* History You Should Know

Society for Human Rights (SHR), Chicago, IL 
* Founded in 1924 by Henry Gerber
    —- Henry Gerber
            ** Born in Germany but emigrated to U.S. as child
            ** Served in the United States Army
            ** Worked as a proofreader for Army Press
            ** Later stationed in Germany after U.S. declared war against Germany
            ** While stationed in Germany, learned about Mangus Hirschfeld and homophile organization Scientific-Humanitarian Committee
           ** Published Friendship and Freedom, the first known gay publication in the United States
           ** Founded the Society for Human Rights
* Founded in Chicago and received a recognized non-profit charter
* Group was gay exclusive - Gerber and Society denied bisexual men
  — Society later learned one of the seven founding cabinets members was married and had children with his wife
* A series of arrests and interrogations attacked the Society for Human Rights. Members of the SHR were arrested in their homes and trailed by members of the Chicago police force. (Gerber’s typewriter, personal papers or copies of Friendship and Freedom were never returned after release from prison following an arrest)
* The organization deteriorated completely within two years
* Harry Hay, one of the founding men of the Mattachine Society, learned a few short years later about the SHR and started his own outreach and equality organization

LGBTQ* History You Should Know

Society for Human Rights (SHR), Chicago, IL

* Founded in 1924 by Henry Gerber

    —- Henry Gerber

            ** Born in Germany but emigrated to U.S. as child

            ** Served in the United States Army

            ** Worked as a proofreader for Army Press

            ** Later stationed in Germany after U.S. declared war against Germany

            ** While stationed in Germany, learned about Mangus Hirschfeld and homophile organization Scientific-Humanitarian Committee

           ** Published Friendship and Freedom, the first known gay publication in the United States

           ** Founded the Society for Human Rights

* Founded in Chicago and received a recognized non-profit charter

* Group was gay exclusive - Gerber and Society denied bisexual men

  — Society later learned one of the seven founding cabinets members was married and had children with his wife

* A series of arrests and interrogations attacked the Society for Human Rights. Members of the SHR were arrested in their homes and trailed by members of the Chicago police force. (Gerber’s typewriter, personal papers or copies of Friendship and Freedom were never returned after release from prison following an arrest)

* The organization deteriorated completely within two years

* Harry Hay, one of the founding men of the Mattachine Society, learned a few short years later about the SHR and started his own outreach and equality organization