Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) was an organization created on July 7, 1966. Founded by Steve Ginsburg, the first PRIDE president, along with a group of chairmen operating numerous divisions. PRIDE's goals were twofold: to alter the relationship between the police and the gay community and to provide social events for the gay community outside of the bar scene. The exclusively male group had a legal division, headed by Mike Kinghorn; a citizenship division, headed by Tony Penter; a social division, headed by Jerry Kass; a community services division, headed by Jim Kepner; a special activities division, headed by Don Felton; and a publications division, headed by Bill Rand. During the first year of operation PRIDE conducted meetings, social dances, a legal defense fund, a bridge club, a bowling team, a hiking club, and a discussion group. PRIDE created a pocket lawyer booklet and a newsletter that would become the Los Angeles Advocate. PRIDE was key in organizing the first gay demonstration against police brutality with other local groups at the Black Cat bar in the Silver Lake neighborhood. After the first year Ginsburg resigned and the president position was eventually given to Jerry Joachim. There's a lack of documentation from the second year. Due to internal conflicts the group officially disbanded exactly 2 years after their creation on July 7, 1968.
1.1, Accomplishments and a look at the future, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
1.7, Dissolution of PRIDE, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE) records, Coll2013.077, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.