On December 10th, 1924 The Society of Human Rights was founded by by Henry Gerber in Chicago. 
The Society was the first gay rights organization as well as the oldest documented gay rights organization in America. After receiving a charter from the state of Illinois, the society published the first American publication for homosexuals, Friendship and Freedom.
Soon after its founding the society disbands due to political pressures. Henry Gerber feeling he had hit  a "solid wall of ignorance, hypocrisy, meanness and corruption" and unable to continue his financial support, the Society discontinued. Gerber was left embittered that none of the wealthier gays of
Chicago had come to his aid for a cause he believed was designed to advance the common good. He left Chicago for New York City, where he re-enlisted in the Army, serving for 17 years before being honorably discharged.