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  • Room Introduction
  • Press Conference
    CRH clergy held a press conference the morning after the ball…
  • Public Outcry
    Coverage of the press conference sparked public debate…
  • Community
    The debate galvanized gays and lesbians to new levels of…
  • Public Trials
    Public attention followed the trial of the three lawyers…
  • Aftermath
    The California Hall affair is recognized as a major turning point…
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Public Outcry Grows

The widespread coverage of the CRH clergy’s press conference sparked unprecedented public debate over police harassment of gay and lesbian persons in San Francisco. The American Civil Liberties Union moved immediately to support the lawyers arrested, marking the first time the ACLU took on a gay rights case.

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Police Chief Responds to Inquiry from Media Executive

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Evander Smith and Herb Donaldson collection.

Repository: San Francisco Public Library