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Press Conference

CRH clergy held a press conference the morning after the ball…

Public Outcry

Coverage of the press conference sparked public debate…


The debate galvanized gays and lesbians to new levels of…

Public Trials

Public attention followed the trial of the three lawyers…


The California Hall affair is recognized as a major turning point…


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Homophile Community Mobilizes

The defiant actions of the CRH clergy and the resultant public debate galvanized gay and lesbian leaders and organizations to new levels of activism and resistance to oppression by police and city government. A new organization, Society for Individual Rights, formed around the same time as CRH and, with more grass roots emphasis than some earlier homophile groups, began its rapid rise to become one of the preeminent gay rights groups of the late 1960s.

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Citizens News Reports the California Hall Incidents Including Photos of Attendees and Police Action



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Citizen News, vol. 4, no. 7, published by Strait and Associates.