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Gay Rights in the 1970s - Digital Documents

Life in Seattle's Gay and Lesbian Community

  • 1971 Annual Report for the Seattle Counseling Service for Homosexuals and other Sexual Minorities (1971)

  • Audio recording of Seattle Gay Alliance spokesperson Tim Mayhew speaking at a City Council meeting (meeting minutes) about the potential political strength of Seattle's gay community. The subject of the meeting was to consider a proposed ordinance legalizing prostitution (April 27, 1972)

  • Letter sent to the Mayor's Office detailing alleged police harassment of a gay couple

  • Excerpts from an issue of the Seattle Gay News (December, 1976)

  • Memorandum detailing the first meeting of a Police/Gay community task force on crime prevention (October 20, 1980)

1973: Revision of the Fair Employment Practices Ordinance


1975: Revision of the Open Housing Ordinance

  • Audio recording of Seattle Gay Alliance spokesperson Tim Mayhew speaking at a City Council meeting (meeting minutes) in support of protecting gays and lesbians against housing discrimination (October 16, 1972)

  • Letter written to City Council by Edwards G. Morges, attorney for the Seattle Apartment Operators Association,arguing against the addition of sexual orientation to the Open Housing Ordinance (1975)

  • Letter written by Councilwoman Jeanette Williams describing the potential revision of the Open Housing Ordinance (May 22, 1975)

  • Briefing on the content of the Open Housing Ordinance revision (April 14, 1975)

  • Audio recording of Seattle Apartment Operators Association attorney Edwards G. Morges speaking at a City Council meeting (meeting minutes) in opposition to adding sexual orientation to the Open Housing Ordinance (July 22, 1975)

  • Letter from Councilwoman Jeanette Williams soliciting the appropriate definition of sexual orientation for City Ordinances, with response by City Attorney Doug Jewett (June 20 & August 25, 1978)

1977: Gay Pride Week is Officially Proclaimed


1978: The Struggle over Initiative 13


The 1980s: The Post-13 Era

  • Memorandum summarizing meeting between city officials and gay community leaders (February 14, 1983)

  • Seattle-King County Department of Public Health memorandum detailing response to AIDS epidemic (April 29, 1983)

  • Transcript of testimony to the City Council advocating a resolution in support of action against the AIDS epidemic (June 21, 1983)

  • Cover of the quarterly AIDS surveillance report issued by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health & Department of Social and Health Services (1987)

Images

  • Councilmember Jeanette Williams on the occasion of the swearing in of Mayor Wesley Uhlman (January 14, 1974)

  • Mayor Wesley Uhlman speaking at the Bumbershoot Festival '74 (September, 1974)

  • Flyer for the 'Halloween against 13' fundraiser, held by the Seattle Committee Against Thirteen (1974)

  • Photo of the head of the first Gay Pride Week march through Seattle (1977)

  • Photo of the first Gay Pride Week march through Seattle, with counter-protest in front (1977)

  • Photo of a crowd of anti-Initiative 13 protesters at a rally in Westlake Park (1978)