Committee for Homosexual Freedom (San Francisco) Collection, 1969-1980 Coll2011.028*

Finding aid prepared by Marc LaRocque
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
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Title: Committee for Homosexual Freedom (San Francisco) Collection
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2011.028*
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Language of Material: English
Storage Unit: 1
Physical Description: 0.1 linear foot. [3 folders]
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1969-1971
Date (inclusive): 1969-1980
Abstract: Press statements, seminar outline, correspondence, photographs, clippings, flyers, legal documents, notes and other material documenting the activities of the Committee for Homosexual Freedom (CHF) in San Francisco, 1969-1980, which protested employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The collection includes photographs of demonstrations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
creator: Committee for Homosexual Freedom (San Francisco).

Historical Note

The Committee for Homosexual Freedom (CHF) was a radical gay and lesbian rights organization founded in San Francisco in April 1969 by gay activists Leo E. Laurence and Gayle Whittington. Both were fired by their employers (respectively, a radio station and a freight company, State Steamship Line) after a photo of them embracing was published by the countercultural newspaper the Berkeley Barb. The CHF organized public protests in San Francisco against State Steamship Line, then went on to introduce a "declaration of policy concerning sexual freedom and homosexual employment rights" as a San Francisco municipal ballot measure that, if passed, would have banned discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation.

Access

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Preferred Citation

Committee for Homosexual Freedom (San Francisco) Collection, Coll2011-028, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

Processing Information

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In order to provide access to this collection, minimal processing on this collection was expedited in 2011. Date spans were given wherever possible, but do not reflect the most accurate inclusive dates.

Scope and Content

Press statements, seminar outline, correspondence, photographs, clippings, flyers, notes and other material documenting activities of the Committee for Homosexual Freedom (CHF), a radical gay rights group founded in San Francisco, 1969-1970. CHF began by staging public demonstrations protesting employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, then went on to place on the San Francisco municipal ballot a "declaration of policy concerning sexual freedom and homosexual employment rights" which, if passed, would have banned discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. The collection includes photographs of demonstrations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Separated Materials

Newsletters from the Committee for Homosexual Freedom have been separated from the collection and entered into ONE Archives' periodicals collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Demonstrations
Discrimination in employment
Gay and lesbian rights--United States--California
Homosexuality--Political aspects--United States