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Finding Aid to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission's Lesbian/Gay Activities Office Records, 1969-1993 (bulk 1973-1977), SFH 718
SFH 718  
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Includes subject files of staff members of the Human Rights Commission, particuarly of Jo Daly, the HRC's gay community liaison. Materials include correspondence, press releases, notes, and some minutes of the Gay Advisory Committee, 1975-1980.
The San Francisco Human Rights Commission advocates for human and civil rights, and works in service of the city's anti-discrimination laws to further racial solidarity, equity, and healing. The HRC was established in 1964 by Mayor John F. Shelley as the Interim Committee on Human Relations, to handle discrimination matters involving race, religion, and national origin. By 1977, areas covered included age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, and property agreements. By then, HRC was handling hundreds of complaints each year in employment within both the public and private sector, and was meeting growing problems involving inter-group tensions in education, youth, police, gays, and housing. The commission has since grown in response to San Francisco's mandate to address the causes of, and problems resulting from, prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination. Currently, the department's divisions include Civil Rights, Community Engagement, Dream Keeper Initiative, Office of Racial Equity, and Office of Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention.
3 cartons, 1 manuscripts box (3.26 cubic feet)
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