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Boone (James) and Joseph Bocuzzo Papers
Coll2015.003  
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Description
Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, city and state referendums and bills, surveys, clippings, notes, campaign donation records, and flyers documenting the gay rights activism of James Boone and Joseph Bocuzzo, 1977-1991. The collection primarily details the effort from 1985-1989 to implement and defend a City of Irvine human rights ordinance which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Background
James (Jim) Boone was a gay rights activist based out of Irvine, California. From 1986-1988, he was a member of Irvine's Committee on Human Rights and of Irvine's Committee to Draft a Human Rights Ordinance, which provided discrimination protection for gay and lesbian people. He was on the advisory board of Irvine Citizens United which battled a repeal effort of Irvine's human rights ordinance in the November 1989 election. In the late 1970s, he was a member of the Coalition for Human Rights in Orange County, and in 1980, was a co-chair of the Citizens Committee for Human Rights in Orange County. He was involved in numerous gay rights causes, including No on 6 (Briggs Initiative, 1978), No on 64 (LaRouche Initiative, 1986), and California Assembly Bill No.1 (to include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination legislation, 1984). He was involved in Dignity and was a board member in 1978. Joseph Bocuzzo was a member of the Citizens Committee for Human Rights in Orange County in 1980 and became treasurer of Irvine Citizens United in 1989. James Boone and Joseph Bocuzzo shared a house in Irvine.
Extent
2.4 Linear Feet 2 archive boxes + 1 archive carton
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.