Revival of HIC (d.b.a. The Tangent Group since 1965)
Below is a note from Todd White. Please consider becoming a member and support Tangent Group!
On behalf of the Directors of the Homosexual Information Center, I would like to thank you for being a long-time friend and supporter of the HIC (d.b.a. The Tangent Group since 1965). For the past several years, you have stood by as I have worked with Billy Glover and the late Jim Schneider to keep this historic organization going, and I am very proud to say that we are now on our feet.
The Homosexual Information Center is among the oldest surviving homosexual rights organizations in the nation. We are a surviving aspect of ONE, Incorporated, publishers of ONE magazine for over 13 years. The Tangent Group was established in 1965 by a faction of ONE, namely Joseph Hansen, Billy Glover, and Tony Reyes, who remained loyal to Don Slater and dedicated to the publication of ONE magazine.
Known for his editorial work on ONE and later Tangents, Slater was also the founder of the first archives in the nation dedicated to the topic of homosexuality. Much of the ONE Library, established in 1953 (and renamed the Blanche M. Baker Memorial Library in 1964) remains in the care of the HIC, and we are proud to have many of our materials permanently curated within Special Collections at Oviatt Library, CSUN, where they are available for use by students, faculty, and the public.
As one of the oldest LGBT archives in the nation, we have outlasted many other organizations and have encapsulated their history in our records. The HIC Archive contains correspondence with prominent homophile and gay activists, rare newsletters from organizations long disbanded, pulp fiction and nonfiction paperbacks dating to the 1940s, and dozens of magazine and newspaper titles, many comprising complete or near-complete runs. The HIC Archives is a subset of the Vern and Bonnie Bullough Collection on Sex and Gender. It is considered a “living archive” insofar as it continually being added to as the HIC continues to collect materials from across the nation.
For the past ten years, I have been working on a volunteer basis to help set the HIC on stable ground. My first priorities were to secure and inventory its archives while posting some of the rare and important materials I had been finding on the Internet. I began to recruit and maintain a core group of volunteers, many of whom are experts in their field. And, following the lead of our founding officer Billy Glover, I have begun to reestablish our name on a national level.
I have written and edited books on this history, contributed chapters to edited volumes, and coordinated and disseminated scholarship pertaining to the history of the fight for homosexual rights. I have been teaching LGBT history in college classrooms all across the country, introducing a whole new generation to the amazing people who made gay rights possible, legendary people such as Harry Hay, Jim Kepner, Barbara Gittings, Frank Kameny, Stella Rush, Barbara Grier, Joseph Hansen, Vern Bullough, and so many other friends, colleagues, and supporters of the HIC both past and present.
Now, I seek to keep HIC viable by helping it to grow further. And for this, I need your help.
As a fellow activist recently reminded me: every organization needs a newsletter. It is not enough to be posting materials online, even though hundreds of people daily now turn to our Web site for news and information. I am, therefore, pleased to announce the rebirth of Tangents, now in the guise of a biannual magazine. Spring and fall, Tangents will come to you replete with biographical sketches and historical essays. Summer and winter, we will send brief updates of the organization’s growth and progress. In time, should the endeavor prove successful, Tangents could become a full-on quarterly.
As one of our 100 VIP members, you will automatically receive PDF versions of Tangents once it is completed, later this month. In order to keep our members on the inside track, all Tangents content will be embargoed from our Web site for one year. Members who wish to receive full-color printed versions of Tangents will have an option to subscribe at a low annual rate. Tangents will be professionally designed and printed by our first corporate sponsor, PrintRoc printing company, nestled within the SouthWedge neighborhood of Rochester, New York. Our first issue will feature captivating photographs by Cheryl Amati Martin, from the final days of the 2011 Occupy Los Angeles protest on the iconic steps of the Los Angeles City Hall—our old stomping ground.
Though your VIP membership this year is complimentary, I ask that you consider a special, tax-deductible donation to the HIC to help us build our organization and reach our goals. We have a fundraising goal for this year of $40,000 to cover basic operating expenses. Your contribution will allow me to work part-time for the organization, devoting more of my time to furthering our goals and mission, growing our Web site, and disseminating information on our rich history.
As a VIP and Charter Subscriber to the new Tangents, I’d especially welcome your comments and opinions on how I’m doing as I assume the responsibilities of Director of the HIC. If you would consent, I’d love to list you as a supporter in an upcoming issue of Tangents. As always, your privacy, though, is of utmost concern: we will never sell, rent, or otherwise distribute your personal information without your express knowledge and approval before hand.
To be kept up on progress as I add material to our site, try “liking” our page on Facebook—and ask others to do so as well. To make a one-time or recurring donation, please go to any page of our Website, at www.tangentgroup.org, and click the “donate” button at the bottom of the page. Or you can connect to our donations page directly here: PayPal. In the future, correspondence will be managed through Vertical Response to ensure your privacy and right to opt out of further communications.
I look forward to a renewed commitment to the HIC in the coming year. I truly hope that I can count on your continued support, encouragement, and friendship as I work to nurture this organization and its amazing history.
Yours most sincerely,
C. Todd White, Ph.D.
Director and Chair Homosexual Information Center 8721 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 37 West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.tangentgroup.org <firstname.lastname@example.org> C. Todd White, Ph.D. Chair
Homosexual Information Center 8721 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 37 West Hollywood, CA 90069 (818) 527-5442