Police Raid at New Year's Day Ball at California Hall
The six major homophile groups in San Francisco joined together to cosponsor a dance on New Year’s Day 1965 to raise funds for the fledgling Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH). Notwithstanding the irony that CRH’s first major public event was a lavish drag ball, the clergy worked with the homophile groups to ensure the success of this event. This included negotiating terms with the San Francisco police and city government that were notorious for their harassment and persecution of gays and lesbians.
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