This 1969 ad for gay roommates led to the formation of the first Gay Liberation group at the University of Chicago.
Michal Brody responded to the ad:
“At that time, I was a brash young dyke in the neighborhood looking for a place to live. I didn’t know about gay liberation or women’s liberation and I didn’t care. Good affordable housing in that area was hard to find, and I was checking all possibilities. Since I fit the description I answered the ad.
“It never occurred to Henry that a woman would respond. He wasn’t thrilled. The existence of lesbians hadn’t really ever occurred to him. He repeated that he wanted a gay roommate. I insisted that I was. It was a great apartment at a great price, and I was tired of looking. He said he’d have to think about it. Several days and no other takers later, he reluctantly offered me the room overlooking the dime store on 53rd Street, and I happily moved in.”
Sources: The Chicago Maroon, October 3, 1969, and Are We There Yet?: A Continuing History of Lavender Woman, A Chicago Lesbian Newspaper, 1971-1976, Iowa City, IA: Aunt Lute Book Company, 1985, p. 3.