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Clergy Press Conference

Long frustrated by routine police intimidation, some San Francisco homosexual activists were beginning to organize efforts to end this oppression. However, the CRH clergy, who tended to be iconoclastic by nature and held positions of social privilege, rose to the challenge immediately and held a press conference the morning after the ball. There they expressed their outrage over the police action they had witnessed and called on city and police officials to cease such harassment.

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Statement Released at Press Conference on January 2, 1965

About This Item:
Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin Papers.

Repository: GLBT Historical Society