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CRH Formed

Energized by the Mill Valley consultation…

Coalition Benefical

Clergy and homosexual activists worked together to…

CRH Incorporated

Upon incorporation, the group moved into public view…


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Coalition Proves Mutually Beneficial

Over the following months, clergy and homosexual activists worked together to propose purpose, goals and activities for CRH. This coalition of clergy–almost all heterosexual–and homosexual leaders was proving to be mutually beneficial. Homosexual leaders received the “cloak of the cloth” (as described by San Francisco historian Paul Gabriel) to sanction their activities while clergy expanded their sphere of social justice ministry. Most of the homosexual activists in CRH were also leaders of the other homophile organizations, so the total number of people involved was small, no more than a few dozen. However, the significance of their impact belies their numbers.

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Del Martin Introduces Ted McIlvenna and the Founding of CRH in 1965 Audio Recording

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From videorecording of Gay & Lesbian (now GLBT) Historical Society 9th annual dinner on October 14, 1998; produced by Paul Gabriel.