Burt Gerrits (1923-2008) was born in South Dakota, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1941. He served during WWII
in the Navy, and his recollections of Navy life as a gay man were included in historian Allan Bérubé’s book Coming Out Under
Fire. The bulk of the Burt Gerrits papers consist of materials from three organizations in which Gerrits was active: The Gay
Coalition on the Media, The Bay Area March on Washington Committee, and Mobilization Against AIDS.