Boston, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus, 1981. Item #2028
14” x 8½”. Two sheets, each printed both sides, stapled in upper left corner. Very good: old folds and light creasing. The Gay Pride Week edition of the newsletter for the Massachusetts Gay Political Caucus (“MGPC”). Founded in 1974 as the Boston Advocates for Human Rights, it changed its name in 1976 to Massachusetts Caucus for Gay Legislation and again to the MGPC in 1987. It employed a full time lobbyist and fought for legislation on the state level with one major achievement being 1989's Gay and Lesbian Civil Rights Bill which was signed by Governor Michael Dukakis. This issue has a report on a failed attempt at passing a bill that would have made it unlawful to discriminate based on sexual preference and included the position of Representative Royall H. Switzler of Wellesley who “took the floor to speak with great emotion to say that persons leading our lifestyles should, 'build bigger closets'. He said that if the bill passed, the state would become a mecca for homosexuals and he would fear being cut in on when he danced with his wife. ” OCLC lists one institution with a copy but does not disclose which one. Northwestern has 1.25 cubic feet of material on the MGPC but does not describe having copies of its newsletter. This item is offered by Langdon Manor Books, LLC, antiquarian booksellers. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information and/or photos and we will respond promptly. We package our items carefully, ship daily, and have a no hassle returns policy--your satisfaction is guaranteed. We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) , the International League of Antiquarian Booksllers (ILAB) and the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) and adhere to their rules of ethics.