Dick Leitsch

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking #

1409854-000, DOJ-AP-2019-000589




From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning Richard Joseph Leitsch (May 11, 1935 – June 22, 2018), also known as Richard Valentine Leitsch and more commonly Dick Leitsch, an American LGBT rights activist. He was president of gay rights group the Mattachine Society in the 1960s. He conceptualized and led the "Sip-In" at Julius' Bar, one of the earliest acts of gay civil disobedience in the United States, LGBT activists used "sip-ins" to attempt to gain the legal right to drink in bars in New York. He was also known for being the first gay reporter to publish an account of the Stonewall Riots and the first person to interview Bette Midler in print media.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

There are eFOIA files available for you to download.

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From: Emma North-Best

I am appealing the integrity of the search.

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From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

This message is to notify you of a new appeal submission to the FOIAonline application. Appeal information is as follows:
* Appeal Tracking Number: DOJ-AP-2019-000589
* Request Tracking Number: 1409854
* Requester Name: Emma Best
* Date Submitted: 10/26/2018
* Appeal Status: Submitted
* Description: FBI Appeal

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

see attached

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

DOJ-AP-2019-000589 has been processed with the following final disposition: Completely Reversed/Remanded

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From: Muckrock Staff

To Whom It May Concern:
I wanted to follow up on the following request, copied below. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response.
Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation

A copy of documents responsive to the request.



  • 06/24/2018


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  • 09/18/2018


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  • 11/02/2018


  • 02/21/2019

    Other-20190221091959-Best, Emma - DOJ-AP-2019-000589 - FBI - remand for search

  • 07/29/2019

    Responsive Documents