Minutes, correspondence, newsletters, clippings,
manuscripts, notes, financial records, flyers, photographs, audiocassettes,
textiles, memorabilia and other material relating to the gay and lesbian
veterans' organization, Veterans Council for American Rights and Equality
(Veterans CARE), founded in Los Angeles in 1984 by James Highland. The bulk of
the materials was collected and donated by Edward Westrick, who served as the
organization's Commander, and relates to the activities of the Los Angeles
chapter of Veterans CARE, as well as other Veterans CARE chapters and the
national organization, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Veterans of America (GLBVA).
In early 1984, following California Governor Deukmejian's veto of AB1 (a
California state gay rights measure), writer and health administrator Jim
Highland began meeting regularly with fellow veterans to discuss issues
relevant to the gay and lesbian community. By May of that year, the group,
which had grown to approximately 30 people, began developing a charter, bylaws
and incorporation papers. The incorporation papers for the Veterans Council for
American Rights and Equality, Inc. (Veterans CARE) were signed by Jim Highland,
First Officer, on June 20, 1984, and endorsed by the California Secretary of
State's office two days later.
10.5 linear feet + 0.1 linear foot (unprocessed, awaiting
(8 archive boxes + 2 flat archive boxes + 1 archive carton
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