Christopher Street West Association collection
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- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (Organization)
The Christopher Street West Association (CSW) was formed in 1970 to organize a parade in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall riots. The concept of a celebratory parade and naming of the association were the result of a collaborative effort by community leaders Reverend Bob Humphries, Morris Kight, and Reverend Troy Perry.
The Los Angeles Police Commission required bonds totaling 1.5 million dollars and a payment of $1,500 for police overtime before they would issue a permit for the first parade. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was contacted and attorney Herbert Selwyn appealed the commission's demand before the Superior Court of California. The court ordered the issuing of the permit and charged the police department with the responsibility to protect the parade participants. CSW became the first organization to obtain a parade permit for its pride parade.
In 1973 the Los Angeles parade was suspended; in 1974 new leaders organized the annual parade with the addition of a pride festival. The parade and festival continued in Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard through 1978. In 1979 the festival and parade were moved to an unincorporated section of Los Angeles County, west of Hollywood on Santa Monica Boulevard. In 1984 the residents of this unincorporated section of Los Angeles County voted to incorporate as the City of West Hollywood where the parade has been held since 1979.
"History of Christopher Street West / LA Pride." LA PRIDE LGBT Pride in West Hollywood. 2012 Web. 31 July 2012. http://www.lapride.org/about/history.html
Souvenir Pride Programs 1972 and 1975
List of CSW themes
9 Linear Feet (2 archives boxes, 4 archives cartons, 3 binder boxes, and 1 flat box.)
Language of Materials
Series 1. Documents Series 2. Photographs and slides Series 3. Programs
- Christopher Street West Association Collection
- Michael C. Oliveira
- © 2014
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- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.