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Finding Aid to the California Human Rights Advocates Records Coll2013.035
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Description
California State Legislature bills and resolutions, politician biographies, board of directors meeting minutes and agendas, press releases, bylaws, articles of incorporation, budget records, correspondence, job descriptions, contracts, fundraising records, reports, petitions, lobbying and mailing lists, position statements, clippings, lobby and staff reports, court records, brochures, newsletters, flyers, mock-ups of promotional material, and research records of the California Human Rights Advocates (CHRA), bulk 1977-1981. CHRA educated elected officials to the needs of their gay and lesbian constituents, lobbied for the passage of anti-discrimination assembly and senate bills, and battled against the passage of California Proposition 6, The Briggs Initiative, in 1978.
Background
The introduction of Art Agnos' anti-discrimination employment bill AB 1302 in January 1977 inspired the creation of a state lobby to advocate for legislation affecting lesbian and gay people. In May 1977, Northern California Human Rights Advocates and Southern California Human Rights Advocates formed. In January 1978, the northern and southern groups adopted a common set of bylaws and the first statewide gay lobby was born. California Human Rights Advocates educated elected officials to the needs of their gay and lesbian constituents, lobbied for the passage of anti-discrimination assembly and senate bills, and battled against the passage of California Proposition 6, The Briggs Initiative, in 1978.
Extent
4.5 linear feet. 4 archive boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.