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Black Pipe

1969 1975
2440 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034


Los Angeles police raid a H.E.L.P. (Homophile Effort for Legal Protection) monthly fundraiser at the Black Pipe, a major leather bar. Among the 22 arrested: HELP president Larry Townsend. The police are surprised when the organization fights back. Some consider this the West Coast Stonewall.

Attr — Townsend, Larry, "The Black Pipe Bar Raid: The Inside Story," Vector Oct. 1972; Advocate, September, 1969; The gay guide, 1971; Action, 1972-73; Barfly [Western edition], 1973; The gay guide, 1975; Out For Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America pp.78