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Finding Aid to the Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) Records, 1966-1970 Coll2013.077
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  • Historical Information
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.077
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet. 1 archive carton.
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1966-1968
    Date (inclusive): 1966-1970
    Abstract: Articles of incorporation, by-laws, reports, proposals, minutes, meeting notices, photographs, event flyers and tickets, membership flyers, correspondence, and organizational documentation related to Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), 1966-1970, a Los Angeles gay activist organization.
    creator: Personal Rights in Defense and Education.

    Historical Information

    Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) was an organization created on July 7, 1966. Founded by Steve Ginsburg, the first PRIDE president, along with a group of chairmen operating numerous divisions. PRIDE's goals were twofold: to alter the relationship between the police and the gay community and to provide social events for the gay community outside of the bar scene. The exclusively male group had a legal division, headed by Mike Kinghorn; a citizenship division, headed by Tony Penter; a social division, headed by Jerry Kass; a community services division, headed by Jim Kepner; a special activities division, headed by Don Felton; and a publications division, headed by Bill Rand. During the first year of operation PRIDE conducted meetings, social dances, a legal defense fund, a bridge club, a bowling team, a hiking club, and a discussion group. PRIDE created a pocket lawyer booklet and a newsletter that would become the Los Angeles Advocate. PRIDE was key in organizing the first gay demonstration against police brutality with other local groups at the Black Cat bar in the Silver Lake neighborhood. After the first year Ginsburg resigned and the president position was eventually given to Jerry Joachim. There's a lack of documentation from the second year. Due to internal conflicts the group officially disbanded exactly 2 years after their creation on July 7, 1968.
    Sources:
    1.1, Accomplishments and a look at the future, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
    1.7, Dissolution of PRIDE, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.

    Acquisition

    Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Danielle Perez-Granado, August 2013.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection includes articles of incorporation, by-laws, reports, proposals, minutes, meeting notices, photographs, event flyers and tickets, membership flyers, correspondence, and organizational documentation related to the Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) organization. Organized in 1966 and operating for two years, PRIDE was a male organization with the goals of altering the relationship between the police and the gay community as well as providing social events for gay men outside of bars.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ginsburg, Steve, -2007
    Jerry Joachim
    Kepner, Jim, (James Lynn Kepner, Jr.), 1923-1997
    Correspondence
    Gay activists
    Gay liberation movement--California--Los Angeles
    Gay men
    Minutes
    Promotional materials