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Long frustrated by routine police intimidation, some San Francisco homosexual activists were beginning to organize efforts to end this oppression. However, the CRH clergy, who tended to be iconoclastic by nature and held positions of social privilege, rose to the challenge immediately and held a press conference the morning after the ball. There they expressed their outrage over the police action they had witnessed and called on city and police officials to cease such harassment.

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Rev. Robert Cromey Recalls the Press Conference

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From “Shedding a StraightJacket” produced by GLBT Historical Society, October 1996; Paul Gabriel, videographer and curator; Edd Dundas, editor and duplicator.