A single-page letter dated August 28, 1962 from The Mattachine Society of Washington to former House Representative Paul C. Jones. The letter accompanies an enclosed news release (not shown) about the newly formed organization advocating for homosexual rights, signed by Franklin E. Kameny, President of The Mattachine Society of Washington. Handwritten comment in red ink by Jones reads, "I am unalterably opposed to your proposal and cannot see how any person in his right mind can condone the practices which you would justify. Please do not contaminate my mail with such filthy trash."
In 1953, the Post Office declared One magazine obscene under the Comstock Act and seized it. One magazine was the publication of the Mattachine Society, and contained articles supporting homosexuality. The publisher sued the government and lost. They appealed to the 9th Circuit and the court agreed that One magazine was obscene. The publisher appealed to the Supreme Court. While the court decided not to hear the case, they issued a very tiny opinion that reversed the decision of the lower courts, thereby enabling the Mattachine and other groups like it to use the mail to begin communicating, organizing etc. This was pre-internet and the postal mail was one of the few means of mass communication to do large scale organizing, and because of the impact this ruling offered had on the ability for the LGBTQ community to organize, this short ruling is probably one of the most important lgbt documents.
United States. Supreme Court. United States Reports: Cases Adjudged In the Supreme Court. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.; For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off. Retrieved from HathiTrust,