Brown, Jeff: Demographic shifts


Jeff Brown: Yes, there was the Gay community which was, still is, in its embryonic stage, but was gradually gaining strength. Supervisors were starting to go out to the meetings. Some supervisors wouldn’t go to Gay events at all, like Peter Tomaras refused to go to them, but others like Dorothy Von Beroldingen, obviously the progressives on the Board of Supervisors would do that, so you had that. You still had a stronger Black presence in San Francisco than you have today. Phil Burton was also making inroads into the Chinese American community and that was – although it was somewhat conservative – was becoming more liberal. Clubs were starting to develop around ethnic minorities and sexual minorities and the anti-war movement.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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