Horn, Thomas: LGBT before Moscone


Thomas Horn: Well George Moscone changed the tone. For the first time you had the chief executive of the city who not only tolerated, but cared about the Gay community, and who sought support from the Gay community. Once that happened, there was never any going back. He really played an important role in changing the tone and how members of the community felt about themselves, and felt that they could be active in politics going forward. Really from that point forward you couldn’t be anti-gay and be elected in San Francisco. Before Mayor Moscone, wasn’t really an issue. The Gays weren’t organized enough to force the issue, and the people running for office didn’t really talk about it, but that all changed, and it changed forever.


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

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