From the Archives ‘Social vagrancy’ trial in Long Beach drew sneers, widespread public attention
The Los Angeles Times appeared to take great glee from reporting on the 1914 arrests of 31 men in an undercover sting operation targeting gay men in Long Beach. The Times reported sneeringly from the so-called “Holy City of Long Beach.” The men, including local florist Herbert N. Lowe, were alleged members of two private clubs for gay men in Long Beach. While others, called “social vagrants” by the Times, quietly paid fines following their arrests, Lowe fought the charges, and his trial was closely watched. Long Beach city officials temporarily banned the sale of toxic substances after one of the arrested men committed suicide; this article references that ban being lifted.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, Nov. 16, 1914