Collection Info

Council on Religion and the Homosexual

Span Dates: 1965-1990

Bulk Dates: 1965-1973

Volume: 1 carton (.4 linear foot)


The collection consists of miscellaneous materials relating to the Council on Religion and the Homosexual, including copies of the articles of incorporation, general information brochures on the Council, papers (largely flyers, meeting announcements, and newspaper clippings), newsletters, publications, papers relation to a "consultation" (seminar/workshop) held in San Francisco in 1966, two unpublished articles on homosexuality and the church, and a photograph of Dick Gayer, Paul Hardman, and CRH lawyer David Clayton, taken during hearings in the lawsuit Council on Religion and the Homophile v. PT&T held before Commissioner Vukasin in 1969.

Hist/Bio Note

The Council on Religion and the Homosexual (CRH) was a joint venture of liberal Protestant clergy and gay/lesbian activists in San Francisco in 1964. Spearheaded by the Rev. Ted McIlvenna of the Glide Urban Center. The group was the first to provide opportunities for dialogue and education between religious leaders and lesbian/gay persons. The outcry over a police raid on fundraising dance for CRH at California Hall on January 1, 1965, became a rallying cry for the gay/lesbian liberation movement in San Francisco.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is available online.


The collection is located at the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles.

Index Terms

Council on Religion and the HomosexualLucas, DonaldLyon, PhyllisMartin, DelCaliforniaSan Francisco [CA]Church work with gays -- United StatesClergy -- Political ActivityCouncil on Religion and the Homosexual -- HistoryGay liberation movement -- Religious aspectsGays -- Religious LifeLesbians -- Religious lifeGlide Memorial United Methodist ChurchCromey, Robert WarrenDurham, Lewis