Silver, Carol Ruth: Moscone and diversity in appointments


Carol Ruth Silver: He (George) won, and he proceeded to implement many of the things that he as a legislator had talked about and argued for. He appointed women to boards and commissions all over the place. He appointed African Americans to various things. He appointed a commission on school lunches which was one of the things he was big on in the legislature – Actually I’m not sure that he did that, he talked about it anyway because the School Board had the authority over school lunches. But he was, at every stage, kind of on the cutting edge of things like Gay rights. He and Willie Brown had teamed up in the legislature to pass the first legislation – I’m not sure if it was the first in the country, but certainly the first in California – that wiped out the crime of sodomy. It’s hard to remember now, but consenting sexual conduct by adults in private was a crime in the 1950s and 60s, and in some parts of the world it still is. It was a major blow, a major piece of legislation and very important. He was one of the earliest people to say that marijuana should be decriminalized. He was one of the first people to reach out to the Gay community, and that was very important.


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

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