Press statements, seminar outline, correspondence, photographs, clippings, flyers, legal documents, notes and other material
documenting the activities of the Committee for Homosexual Freedom (CHF) in San Francisco, 1969-1980, which protested employment
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The collection includes photographs of demonstrations in San Francisco
and Los Angeles.
The Committee for Homosexual Freedom (CHF) was a radical gay and lesbian rights organization founded in San Francisco in April
1969 by gay activists Leo E. Laurence and Gayle Whittington. Both were fired by their employers (respectively, a radio station
and a freight company, State Steamship Line) after a photo of them embracing was published by the countercultural newspaper
Berkeley Barb. The CHF organized public protests in San Francisco against State Steamship Line, then went on to introduce a "declaration
of policy concerning sexual freedom and homosexual employment rights" as a San Francisco municipal ballot measure that, if
passed, would have banned discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation.
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