Don Slater (1923-1997) was a major pioneer of the Los Angeles homophile movement, continuing to be active after Stonewall.
Don and his twin brother Harvey were born in Pasadena on August 21, 1923. In February 1943 Don joined the military, where he underwent training as a ski trooper. Yet a bout of rheumatic fever led to his being discharged in October of the same year. Taking advantage of the benefits of the GI Bill, Slater enrolled at the University of Southern California in February 1944. About the same time he found the the young man who became his life partner,, Antonio ("Tony") Reyes. The pair met one night in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, where both they were cruising. (Read more)