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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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Aftermath of the Ball

The California Hall affair is recognized by San Francisco historians and activists as a major turning point in the modern gay/lesbian liberation movement there. Local historians also point out that this incident preceded the resistance at Stonewall in New York City by four years. The affair also thrust CRH into the public spotlight and spurred it to new levels of activity.

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Rev. Chuck Lewis Describes the Press Conference, Trials and Impact Upon Police and Homosexual Communities

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Taped interview with James Waller on October 2, 1994.


Repository: Private Collection