Minutes, membership applications and lists, lawyer referral reports, newsletters, newspapers, and related ephemera of the
Homophile Effort For Legal Protection, Incorporated (HELP, Inc.). The organization was formed in 1968, in response to the
subjective and aggressive behavior of the Los Angeles Police Department Vice Detail. Members were offered general legal assistance
and if arrested for "homosexual activities" they were provided bail bonds and lawyer referral services. By the late 1970s,
societal changes practically eliminated the need for many of the services HELP provided.
The organization that was to become the Homophile Effort for Legal Protection, Incorporated (HELP, Inc.), began with a proposal
developed in early 1968. The first known meeting of the American Federation for the Advancement and Defense of Homophile Society
(AFADHS) organizers was in September 1968 at The Patch, a bar in Wilmington, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. The organizers
proposed the establishment of an alliance of bar owners, personnel, and patrons to defend against harassment and provide legal
assistance in the form of bail bonds and attorney referrals. In a period of several weeks the AFADHS became the less ambiguous
Homophile Effort for Legal Protection, Incorporated. HELP provided bail bond service and lawyer referrals to its members and
those vouched for by existing members. The primary focus of the organization was to provide support when its members were
arrested for "homosexual activities." The aggressive prosecution of victimless crimes by the Los Angeles Police Department
and the change in political climate led to the organization's rapid growth. HELP also supported the California State Committee
on Sexual Law Reform to change the laws regarding sex between consenting adults.
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6 archive cartons, 1 archive flat box
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