Jim Burroway at Box Turtle Bulletin has re-published a fascinating report on a homophile rights conference held in Los Angeles in 1959. The report originally appeared in The Ladder, the publication of the Daughters of Bilitis. What follows is the portion describing the group's discussion of a recent legal victory in stopping police from closing gay bars, which provides a taste of how important that issue was in the Eisenhower era.
Morris Lowenthal, San Francisco attorney, had contacted Miss Martin for copies of The Ladder in work on the Amicus Curiae brief for the “Mary’s First And Last Chance (Bar)” case. The appealing brief gave a history of the homophile movement in the United States and in particular, gave excerpts from the September and October 1958 Ladder issues. It also included the two issues in question as exhibits in the case.