Scope and Content
Title: Jim Long papers
Bulk Dates: 1977-1981
Collection number: Coll2007-011
Long, Jim (James Augustus III)
Collection Size: 3 achive boxes
(1 linear foot).
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
Abstract: Correspondence, memoranda, notes, writings, and
printed materials, primarily from the years 1977-1981, relating to Jim Long's
activities as director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services
Center's Educational Outreach Program, and as a private consultant, in
particular with the California State Department of Mental Health's Lesbian/Gay
Male Mental Health Promotion Project.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access
Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in
writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner.
Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in
the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant
copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright.
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for
all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).
Jim Long papers, Coll2007-011, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives,
Los Angeles, California.
Found among L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center Records (Coll2007-010).
Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer,
July 12-13, 2007.
Processing this collection has been funded
by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records
James Augustus Long III trained originally to become a teacher, but
while working as a student teacher in a school for emotionally disturbed
children in Dade County, FL, in 1970, he was outed and fired. He moved to
California that same year, but his record followed him, and he was unable to
find work as a teacher. From 1971 to 1975, he worked for Union Bank, but was
denied promotion because of his sexual orientation. In 1975, he was hired by
the Los Angeles Gay (later Gay and Lesbian) Community Services Center, where he
worked as a counselor and as director of the Educational Outreach Program. He
left the Center in approximately 1981, to work as a consultant, counselor, and
child care worker at a collective in Echo Park/Silverlake. In 1981 and 1982, he
also served as alternate coordinator of the California State Department of
Mental Health's Gay/Lesbian Work Group.
Scope and Content
The collection contains correspondence, memoranda, notes, writings, and
printed materials relating to Jim Long's activities as director of the Los
Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center's Educational Outreach
Program, and as a private consultant, primarily in the years 1977-1981. The
papers fall into three groups: (1) Conferences, Workshops, and Consulting; (2)
Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center; and (3) Subject files.
The bulk of the Conferences, Workshops, and Consulting files consists of
correspondence and sample writings of applicants to and participants in a
writers' workshop held by Malcolm Boyd and sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian
Community Services Center in 1980-1981, for which Long acted as teaching
assistant; and correspondence, news releases, scripts, and other materials
produced and acquired between 1980 and 1982 by Long in his capacity as
alternate coordinator of the Gay/Lesbian Work Group, formed to advise the
California State Department of Mental Health's Lesbian/Gay Male Mental Health
Promotion Project "We Are [All] Family".. This project was one of several, each
targeting a different population group, under the general heading "Friends Can
Be Good Medicine". The project produced several public service announcements,
featuring celebrities such as Abigail Van Buren, judge Steven Lachs, and actors
Mike Farrell, Jack Albertson; and Ed Asner, intended for broadcast on local
network television; however, California Secretary of Health and Welfare Mario
Obledo considered them too controversial, and they were never shown. The group
files also contain materials from the 1979 and 1980 annual conferences of the
Gay Academic Union (GAU), Long's testimony before the California Commission on
Personal Privacy in 1982, and a review copy of the California State Personnel
Board booklet, What is a sexual minority anyway?
The files relating to the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center
include correspondence relating to Long's speaking engagements before college
classes and civic groups and media relations, in particular, scripts for radio
public service announcements featuring the Center and copies of correspondence
with the Los Angeles Times relating to its publication of negative comments
concerning gays and lesbians. The materials also include an undated report by
Steve Schulte and Josy Catoggio on the White House Conference on the Family, a
1978 organizational study of the Center, notes on a 1979 Men's Meeting
concerning a consciousness-expanding process for the Center, and a 1980 report
on the structure of the Lesbian Resource Center.
The Subject files comprise materials collected by Long in support of his
activities at the Center and as a private consultant, and cover such topics as
homophobia, employment discrimination, gay teachers and public health workers,
feminism, lesbianism, transexuality, religion, the Advocate Experience, men and
consciousness, wellness, women's resources, and marketing to the gay
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Gay & Lesbian Community Services
Center (Los Angeles)
Gay and Lesbian Community Services
Center (Los Angeles)
Gay Community Services Center (Los
Human services--California--Los Angeles
L. A. Gay & Lesbian
Long, Jim (James Augustus
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian
Social work with gays
Social work with lesbians
L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center Records, Coll2007-010, ONE National Gay
& Lesbian Archives.