History

The newly reogranized GLHSC is in the process of forming as of August of 2018. Please support this effort by becoming a paying member. We are in the process of reactivating our APS and ATA Chapters. The information provided below is of historic nature and is no longer valid. Efforts are underway to renew these associations.

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The Organization history detailed below -- ceased to exist in 2013. Thanks and admiration go out to all those individuals who made this organization function. All previous associations with the APS, ATA and AFDCS are no longer valid.

This site has been restored to the World Wide Web because of the treasure trove of information contained in nearly 30 years of Journals. Funding for this four year (2014-2018) effort has been provided by the generosity of an individual who prefers to remain anonymous.  It is hoped that this effort will remain funded after the four year period ends December of 2018.  Time will tell.

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APS Affiliate No. 205 -- ATA Study Unit No. 458 -- AFDCS Chapter No. 72

The Gay & Lesbian History on Stamps Club (GLHSC) was founded in New York City in the spring of 1982.  The founders were Paul Hennefeld, Blair O’Dell, Brian Lanter, and Lambda Stamps.  On a Sunday afternoon, they met at the Greenwich Village restaurant, One Potato.  There plans were drawn up for the formation of the Club, and steps needed to gain American Topical Association (ATA) Study Unit status.

The founders received word in July of 1983 that their application for study unit status was rejected by the ATA Board of Directors.  No reason was given for the rejection.  For the next two years, GLHSC and ATA sent letters back and forth to try to come to an agreement on study unit status.  The Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund was contacted to help.  Study Unit status was finally granted by the ATA Board of Directors on June 20, 1985.

Nearly ten years later, GLHSC applied for Affiliate status with the American Philatelic Society (APS).  This time, there was no lengthy letter writing campaign, and GLHSC was granted APS Affiliate No. 205 on August 28, 1991.

The Lambda Philatelic Journal is the official publication of the Club.  It is published quarterly, and thrives on contributions from GLHSC members.

In 1996, the first membership directory was published.