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Howard Wallace Papers
GLC 120  
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Description
Wallace was a gay labor and peace activist whose work centered on equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation or race. The collection contains correspondence, flyers, leaflets, posters, photographs, brochures, pamphlets, legal documents, and clippings. Wallace was involved with many organizations and actions. These include Pride at Work (PAW), previously named the Lesbian and Gay Labor Alliance, Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL), and the Coors Beer boycott, among others.
Background
Howard Wallace was a gay labor and peace activist who is perhaps best known as a co-founder of Pride at Work (PAW), previously named the Lesbian and Gay Labor Alliance. He was one of the founders of Bay Area Gay Liberation (BAGL) in 1975 and, with Harvey Milk, he led the Coors Beer boycott that began the same year. His activism in Denver, Colorado and in San Francisco centered on equal rights for all regardless of sexual orientation or race. He was a tireless advocate for coalition building between communities in order to forge alliances based on mutually identified goals. A contemporary of Harvey Milk and Randy Shilts, Wallace ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1975 against Milk, among others. Though neither won that election, Milk was elected in 1977. Wallace organized the first March On Washington for Gay Rights in 1979. After his retirement he became involved with Senior Action Network (SAN), and the San Francisco Labor Council. He is also a long-time proponent of health care unions.
Extent
55 cubic feet, 1 oversized box
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
UNARRANGED COLLECTION. Closed for research. Contact Hormel LGBTQIA Center archivist for more information.