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No on 6 Ads

Audio: 

Note: Program begins at 00:00:25.

Description: Also known as the Briggs Initiative, California Proposition 6 was an initiative in 1978 that proposed to ban LGBT individuals and their supporters from working in public schools. It was part of a broader movement to limit gay rights sponsored by Anita Bryant and the Save Our Children organization. The campaign failed overwhelmingly following a vigorous opposition by public figures including Harvey Milk, then-governor Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter. This reel contains three No on 6 advertisements.

Date: 1978

Christine Kehoe

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Description: This is a video recorded on the day of the election in which Christine Kehoe became the first openly gay elected official in San Diego. She was elected to City Council. These may be her first remarks after finding out she won the election. Christine Kehoe was a pioneer activist in 1978 as a volunteer for the Center for Women’s Studies and Services. In 1980 she was San Diego County’s chair for the campaign to defeat the Lyndon LaRouche AIDS discrimination initiative. In 1984 she became editor of the award-winning San Diego Gayzette newspaper. She was also an early director of the AIDS Assistance Fund (later the San Diego AIDS Foundation), and she served as executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association. She is the member of numerous political and social organizations, and during her first term in the California State Assembly she became the second woman ever elected Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore.

Date: 1993-11-02

Christine Kehoe B-Reel

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Description: Christine Kehoe was a pioneer activist in 1978 as a volunteer for the Center for Women’s Studies and Services. In 1980 she was San Diego County’s chair for the campaign to defeat the Lyndon LaRouche AIDS discrimination initiative. In 1984 she became editor of the award-winning San Diego Gayzette newspaper. In 1993 she became the first openly LGBT politician elected to office in San Diego. She was also an early director of the AIDS Assistance Fund (later the San Diego AIDS Foundation), and she served as executive director of the Hillcrest Business Association. She is the member of numerous political and social organizations, and during her first term in the California State Assembly she became the second woman ever elected Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore. This video contains segments filmed for her 2004 campaign and is a good representation of the way politicians target their ads at particular populations.

Date: 2004

San Diego Democratic Club: 25th Anniversary History Lectures

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Note: Sporadic audio dropout.

Description: The San Diego Democrats for Equality was founded by Bob Lynn in 1975 under the name of the San Diego Democratic Club. At that time, there was a general lack of support within San Diego politics, even among Democrats, for LGBT issues. Bob and other founding members had difficulty finding 30 people willing to put their name to paper to help secure a charter for the Club in fear of being outed. A few courageous non-LGBT friends came forward to help meet the 30 person threshold and a charter was procured. Meetings were held in private homes because politicians and others did not want to be seen in a public place attending a gay club meeting.

Date: 1995, 2000-07-27, 2000-08-24

Jess Jessop Interview

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Description: Robert “Jess” Jessop was an early activist in the San Diego LGBT community. He cofounded the San Diego LGBT Center and the Lesbian and Gay Historical Society of San Diego, fought to obtain city permits for the first Pride parade in 1974, organized the first openly LGBT political support in the city, and was a names historian for the Names Project Tour when the AIDS Quilt came to San Diego in 1988. This is his last interview before his death of AIDS in 1990.

Date: 1990-01-26