California: Gay Mecca No. 1

The remote and all but empty (pop. 430) county of Alpine, Calif., is a pristine wonderland of majestic peaks, verdant pine forests, and crystalline lakes nestled high in the rugged Sierra Nevada. From their isolation its residents have long gazed in amusement at doings of the urbanites below. Tough mountaineers, woodsmen and fishermen all, they have preserved the pioneer purity of their independent existence. Now that existence stands threatened, and by as unlikely a force as could be imagined—the militant homosexuals of the Gay Liberation Front.

On Jan. 1, a caravan of...

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