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United States, probably second only to Chicago’s Society for Human Rights. In 2002, Mattachine Midwest was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame. A new Mattachine Society of Washington, D. The Mattachine Steps in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. The sign reads, “Harry Hay founded the Mattachine Society on this hillside on November 11, 1950”. Harry Hay conceived of the idea of a gay activist group in 1948.

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After signing a petition for Progressive Party presidential candidate Henry A. Members of the Mattachine Society in a rare group photograph. As Hay became more involved in his Mattachine work, he correspondingly became more concerned that his orientation would negatively affect the CPUSA, which like most other organizations at the time was anti-homosexual and did not allow gay people to be members. Hay himself approached Party leaders and recommended his own expulsion. The Party decided to expel him as a “security risk”, but declared him a “Lifelong Friend of the People” in recognition of his previous work for the party.

Mattachine was originally organized in similar structure to the Communist Party, with cells, oaths of secrecy and five different levels of membership, each of which required greater levels of involvement and commitment. As the organization grew, the levels were expected to subdivide into new cells, creating both the potential for horizontal and vertical growth. The Mattachine Society was named by Harry Hay at the suggestion of James Gruber, inspired by a French medieval and renaissance masque group he had studied while preparing a course on the history of popular music for a workers’ education project. In a 1976 interview with Jonathan Ned Katz, Hay was asked the origin of the name Mattachine. One masque group was known as the “Société Mattachine. Mattaccino was a kind of court jester, who would speak the truth to the king when nobody else would.


The Mattachine Society used so-called harlequin diamonds as their emblem. The design consisted of four diamonds arranged in a pattern to form a larger diamond. Most of the Mattachine founders were communists. As the Red Scare progressed, the association with communism concerned some members as well as supporters and Hay, a dedicated member of the CPUSA for 15 years, stepped down as the Society’s leader. The Mattachine Society existed as a single national organization headquartered first in Los Angeles and then, beginning around 1956, in San Francisco.

Outside of Los Angeles and San Francisco, chapters were established in New York, Washington, D. Due to internal disagreements, the national organization disbanded in 1961. A largely amicable split within the national Society in 1952 resulted in a new organization called ONE, Inc. ONE admitted women and, together with Mattachine, provided vital help to the Daughters of Bilitis in the launching of that group’s magazine, The Ladder, in 1956. Assist gays who are victimized daily as a result of oppression”. Following the Jennings trial, the group expanded rapidly, with founders estimating membership in California by May 1953 at over 2,000 with as many as 100 people joining a typical discussion group. Membership diversified, with more women and people from a broader political spectrum becoming involved.



With that growth came concern about the radical left slant of the organization. During the 1960s, the various unaffiliated Mattachine Societies, especially the Mattachine Society in San Francisco and MSNY, were among the foremost gay rights groups in the United States, but beginning in the middle 1960s and, especially, following the Stonewall riots of 1969, they began increasingly to be seen as too traditional, and not willing enough to be confrontational. Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis are mentioned as two groups campaigning for LGBT rights prior to the Stonewall Inn riots. The 1995 film Stonewall included members of MSNY among its characters.

Mattachine members are seen leafleting, attending meetings and participating in the Annual Reminder picket in Philadelphia. In 2009 the Mattachine Society and its founders became the subjects of the play The Temperamentals by Jon Marans. In 2015, Bar Mattachine opened in Downtown Los Angeles. The Playboy Club, a 2011 television series on NBC, includes a lesbian Playboy Bunny in a lavender marriage with a gay man.