Item #5176 You 'N' Rights. Volume III Issue 1 (February 1980).

You 'N' Rights. Volume III Issue 1 (February 1980).

Los Angeles, CA: You 'N' Rights Coalition, 1980. 11” x 8½”. Top-stapled mechanically reproduced typescript printed both sides. Pp. 8. Very good plus with minimal wear and light toning.

This is a newsletter from a little known Southern California LGBTQ+ organization, originally known as the San Gabriel Valley Coalition for Human Rights (SGVCHR). The group was formed by five people in early 1977, “to keep the gay residents of the San Gabriel Valley informed of gay events, news and political happenings with monthly meetings and a monthly newsletter.” By 1980, SGVCHR said it was mailing around 2000 copies of the newsletter a month. The group adopted a name change in January 1980 to “You 'N' Rights Coalition.”

This issue appears to be the first under the group's new name and is heavy on activist content. The list of organization phone numbers had nearly doubled from its June 1979 issue, and several articles either report on recent activism or urge immediate effort. There's more than one article on attendees' experiences at the previous month's march on Sacramento as well as a request to phone a certain United States Senator to get his support for anti-discrimination legislation. To that end, the last page of this issue contained a blank petition with the heading, “FIRST SENATE GAY RIGHTS BILL IN HISTORY TO BE INTRODUCED.” It urged, “support of Senator Tsongas' Gay Fair Employment Bill and I would like my Senators to co-sponsor this important civil rights legislation.”

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