Finding Aid to the Allen Klein "Moon Over Miami" Fundraiser Collection, 1977-1979 GLC 109

Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Title: Allen Klein "Moon Over Miami" Fundraiser Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1977-1979
Collection Identifier: GLC 109
Creator: Klein, Allen
Physical Description: 8 folders (7 legal folders; 1 oversized folder)
Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Abstract: Klein organized the "Moon Over Miami" event in 1977 to benefit the Miami Gay Support Committee's fight against Anita Bryant's anti-homosexual campaign. The success of the benefit led to a few other fundraising events for the anti-Briggs Initiative (a.k.a. No On 6) campaign. Klein also collected additional materials related to gay rights events from 1977-1979.
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English.


The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allen Klein "Moon Over Miami" Fundraiser Collection (GLC 109), LGBTQIA Center, San Francisco Public Library.


Donated by Allen Klein, January 28, 2016.

Biographical Note

Allen Klein was born in New York, and attended Hunter College and Yale Drama School. He worked as an art director and scenic designer for CBS-TV in New York. He moved to the Haight District in San Francisco and established a silk screen business called The Works. He was a member of a gay fathers group in the 1970s.

Scope and Contents

Moon Over Miami was a benefit event for the Miami Gay Support Committee which opposed Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign against homosexuals. The Moon Over Miami event included several entertainers with Armisted Maupin as the master of ceremonies. Maupin refers to the event in his Tales of the City installment which is clipped in the file. Klein was successful in this venture and was involved with additional fundraisers. There are programs for a Hollywood Bowl event "A Star Spangled Night For Rights," "A Little Rights Music," the Concerned Voters of California No on 6 dinner program, and the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration.


The collection is arranged by format: Subject Files (arranged chronologically) are followed by Photographs.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gay community--California--San Francisco.
Gays--Political activity--California--San Francisco.
Klein, Allen
Klein, Allen--Archives

Folder 1

Moon Over Miami (program, flyers, ticket, correspondence, artwork, clippings). Open letter to Armistead Maupin from Marc Troy; note from Bud to Allen and Ellen. "Gay Fundraising" article by Cherlee Cooper (The Bystander), "Michael Awaits the Worst" (Tales of the City series clipping mentions Moon Over Miami), "Miami Fundraising" and "Allen Klein Gets It Together" (The Bystander), 1977

Folder 2

A Star Spangled Night for Rights, A Celebration for Human Rights (program and clipping), 1977

Folder 3

Second Annual Celebration to Benefit Services to Gay People and Their Families, Of Operation Concern, Pacific Medical Center and Parents of Gay People...featuring the film "In The Best Interests Of The Children" a film about lesbian mothers and child custody [flyer], November 19, 1977

General Note

Allen Klein (Gay Fathers Unlimited) participated in the panel discussion after the film. Other participants included: Leslie Bunch, Jean Julian, Pat Norman.
Folder 4

Gay Freedom Day 1978. Official program. Gay Pride Week, June 18-25, 1978

Folder 5

A Little Rights Music (correspondence, program, 2 tickets, clippings, press releases, rental agreement), 1978

General Note

Includes letter from Sarah Klein, Allen's 10 year-old daughter, to Anita Bryant.
Folder 6

Concerned Voters of California. [No On 6] Dinner program (San Francisco, Fairmont Hotel), September 28, 1978

General Note

Klein was on the organizing committee.
Folder 7

San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration official program, June 24, 1979

Oversize-folder 8

Photo contact sheet [Moon Over Miami]. Photographer: Guy Corry, [1977]