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Dance Functions

Private dances were important events during the 1960's…

CRH Benefit Dance

Homophile groups decided to show their support for CRH…


Police harassment of homosexual gatherings was commonplace…

Police Raid

As guests began to arrive, police officers appeared…

Persons Arrested

San Francisco police arrested six persons that evening…


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CRH Benefit Dance

The San Francisco homophile groups decided to show their support for CRH by jointly sponsoring a dance on New Year’s Day 1965. This “Mardi Gras Ball” was the first time all of these groups joined together to sponsor a dance as well as the first such event that included “homosexual” in its description.

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Gay Paper Article

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CRH Dance Promoted in Town Talk



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Town Talk, number 7, December 1964, page 3; published by Pan-Graphic Press.