Timeline of Events Viewed Through Historical Sources

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Below is a collection of sources that were used as documentation to support the History of the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club 1971-2004 Exhibit, and the sources are organized in a timeline from 1966 to the present. Special thanks to the GLBT Historical Society of Northern California for preserving the Alice Reports Newsletters and many other documents below.


1966


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1969-1971

  • In The Life Media. June, 2009. State of the Movement www.inthelifetv.org/html/episodes/74.html. Narration by Michael Billy. Video, 1969 Stonewall Riots discussed in the context of Stonewall's meaning for the LGBT Civil Rights Movement the following forty years.


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1972

  • Democratic National Party Platform, 1972 The "Gay Plank" which Jim Foster proposed was removed. The only language the Democratic Party left that remotely relates to homosexuality was under “The Right to be Different” section, and says “Americans should be free to make their own choice of life-styles and private habits without being subject to discrimination or prosecution.”
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 1972. Pg 3 The third page of the first issue of Alice Reports, Newsletter for the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club. Reprints letters originally printed in the Village Voice, from Presidential Candidate George McGovern in response to a speech made by Kathleen Wilch at the Democratic National Convention opposing the 'gay rights plank'.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 1972. Pg 4 The forth page of the first issue of Alice Reports, Newsletter for the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club. Editorial from Alice Club President Jim Foster criticizing Gay Activist Alliance 'zap' of George McGovern. A beginning to a long dialogue within LGBT advocates about activism versus pragmatism in politics.


1973


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1976


1977

  • Stonewall Democratic Club, Los Angeles. Newsletter, November 1977, pg. 1 The Stonewall Democratic Club was chartered in Los Angeles by Morris Kight in 1975. This edition of the Stonewall newsletter recounts the formation of the club. Stonewall later became a national alliance of LGBT Democratic Clubs and San Francisco had a Stonewall chapter through much of the 1970's and 1980's, but the chapter disbanded.


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1978

  • Harvey Milk Democratic Club. Gay Vote, November, 1978 Newsletter of the Gay Democratic Club story on Wayne Friday, columnist for the Bay Area Reporter and leader of the Tavern Guild talking about the Coors Boycott and the general importance of bars to gay community organizing.


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1979


1980

  • 1980 Democratic National Party Platform Gay platform plank is under "Civil Rights" and states "All groups must be protected from discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, language, age, sex or sexual orientation.”


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1984

  • 1984 Democratic National Party Platform "Gay Plank" under “Chapter II, Justice, Dignity, Opportunity – Introduction” “Government has a special responsibility to those whom society has historically prevented from enjoying the benefits of full citizenship for reasons of race, religion, sex, age, national origin and ethnic heritage, sexual orientation, or disability.”


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1985

  • 1985 Channel 4 News. Rock Hudson (http://mustbetv.net/breaking.html) News story discusses Rock Hudson's "mystery illness" and experimental treatments in France for AIDS not available in the US. The experimental treatments discussed in the video were scientific beginnings of work that would lead to development and mass use of Protease Inhibitors to fight HIV/AIDS. The video also reminds us of the uncertainty people lived with before effective HIV treatments were available.


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1988

  • 1988 Democratic National Party Platform "Gay Plank" under 9th “We Believe” section: “We believe that we honor our multicultural heritage by assuring equal access to government services, employment, housing, business enterprise and education to every citizen regardless of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, handicapping condition or sexual orientation.”


1989

  • Bishop, Katherine. 1989. San Francisco Grants Recognition To Couples Who Aren't Married. New York Times. May 31. Politics/Education Section. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Harry Britt passes San Francisco Domestic Partnership Ordinance that was later signed by Mayor Art Agnos. Britt had championed this effort and passed a similar ordinance in 1982 that was vetoed by Mayor Feinstein. Feinstein said the 1982 legislation was rushed and drafted poorly, and she later created a task force to establish domestic partnership, but efforts stalled until Britt's 1989 law was signed by Mayor Agnos. This law along with West Hollywood's, Berkeley's and other municipal ordinances, while offering few legal protections or benefits, set the stage for future California domestic partnership and marriage equality legislation.


1990


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1992

  • 1992 Democratic National Party Platform "Gay Plank" under “Civil Rights and Equal Rights” section of the platform, it states: “We will reverse the Bush Administration's assault on civil rights enforcement, and instead work to... aggressively prosecute hate crimes... provide civil rights protection for gay men and lesbians and an end to Defense Department discrimination”


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1996

  • 1996 Democratic National Party Platform "Gay Plank" under “The American Community” section, the platform states: “We continue to lead the fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, and sexual orientation… We support continued efforts, like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, to end discrimination against gay men and lesbians and further their full inclusion in the life of the nation.”


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2000

  • 2000 Democratic National Party Platform Several relatively lengthy sections added related to LGBT rights and AIDS, under "Hate Crimes", "Fighting Diseases", and "Fighting for Civil Rights and Inclusion".


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2003


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2004

  • Calgary Newsworld, February, 2004. Shum Preston and Mike Meyers discuss their marriage along with the rush of 2,500 same sex couples to San Francisco get married on Valentines Day, 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom directed San Francisco's County Clerk to issue marriage certificates to same sex couples.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2004. 1st online edition of Alice Reports, recounting Mayor Newsom's February decision to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples on Valentines Day, 2004
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2004. Alice grows to 500 members
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, May, 2004 Candidate for President John Kerry's positions on LGBT issues
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, June, 2004 Interview with Democratic County Central Committee Chair Leslie Katz
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports,July, 2004 Alice Supports New Anti-Discrimination Movement for Castro Inclusion (Badlands)
  • Democratic National Party Platform, 2004 Under “A Strong American Community” - regarding LGBT rights the platform states: “We will enact the bipartisan legislation barring workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. We are committed to equal treatment of all service members and believe all patriotic Americans should be allowed to serve our country without discrimination, persecution, or violence… We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families. In our country, marriage has been defined at the state level for 200 years, and we believe it should continue to be defined there. We repudiate President Bush's divisive effort to politicize the Constitution by pursuing a "Federal Marriage Amendment." Our goal is to bring Americans together, not drive them apart.”
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, August, 2004 2004 Democratic National Convention Alice Delegates give report
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 2004 Alice Endorsements for November, 2004 election
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, October, 2004 2004 election get out the vote efforts
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, December, 2004 Reflections on why we lost the 2004 national election to George Bush


2005

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, January, 2005. Letters from Alice, Human Rights Campaign and others pushing back against the idea that same sex marriage and LGBT issues lost the 2004 election
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, February, 2005. Alice creates "Emeritus Board" to accommodate the massive club by allowing new members to join the working board, and allow longtime members to have a Board vote, but function more like an advisory Board. Alice Board meetings regularly host about 50 people at each Board meeting.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2005. Notes on one-year anniversary of Mayor Newsom's marriage directive (The Winter of Love)
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2005. Text from Judge Kramer's March, 2005 decision to strike down California's ban on same sex marriage
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, May, 2005. California Democratic Convention - LGBT Caucus and Alice members participate as the California Democratic Party reversed its position and came out in support of same sex marriage.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, June, 2005 Human Rights Commission Finding of racism at Badlands local bar and Alice letter to the Bay Area Reporter addressing the issue + letter from Alice Board member John Newsome giving background on the issue.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, July, 2005. Interview with Assemblyman Mark Leno on same sex marriage bill fight in California Legislature
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, August, 2005. Alice friend Phil Ting sworn in as City Assessor; LGBT Economic Development program discussed.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 2005. Co-Chairs Scott Wiener and Laura Spanjian discuss years of work to build a better relationship between Harvey Milk Democratic Club and Alice.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, November, 2005. Alice November 2005 Election Endorsements
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, December, 2005. Harvey Milk and Alice Democratic Club Co-Chairs reflect on shared work by two clubs in fighting Governor Schwarzenegger's conservative measures in special election.


2006

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, January, 2006. Laura Spanjian talks about Alice progress during her two years as co-chair. Alice joins community letter to protest police video.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, February, 2006. District Attorney Kamala Harris discusses criminal justice issues related to the transgender community
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2006. Former Alice Co-Chair Laura Spanjian appointed to Democratic County Central Committee; Nancy Pelosi urges action on hate crimes prevention law.
  • Bay Area Reporter, March, 2006 Story on Kamala Harris announcement of 'panic defense' conference, among District Attorney's, to combat 'gay panic' and 'trans panic' legal defense charade.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2006. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reports on Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit legislation.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, May, 2006. Alice Treasurer Jim Maloney discusses Military Education Initiative organization to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, June, 2006. June Primary Gubernatorial Election get out the vote issue. (Phil Angelides)
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, July, 2006. Reflections on 25th Anniversary of discovery of AIDS. Three longstanding members of the local San Francisco community, Frederick Hobson, Eric Rofes and Joe Dignan pass away.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, August, 2006. Interview with Democratic Central Committee Chair Scott Wiener; District Attorney Kamala Harris discusses Hate Crimes and Gay/Transgender Panic issue.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 2006. Alice Co-Chair Rebecca Prozan discusses the passing of deeply loved San Francisco Supervisor Sue Bierman. Bierman was a local hero who first got on the local political scene fighting against developers for open space areas. She became one of the few local figures who was adored by almost every corner of local politics due to her sincerity and graciousness - it didn't matter where you sat on the political arena. She was a one-of-a-kind and San Franciscans continue to miss her.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, October, 2006. November 2006 election endorsements.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, November, 2006. Pre-Election rally details with Bill Clinton, Rahm Emmanuel, and Nancy Pelosi at the Warfield in San Francisco.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, December, 2006. Speaker Designate Nancy Pelosi talks about the future. Alice get out the vote efforts helped lead to more than 70% turnout in many precincts during this "democratic wave" election.


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2007

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, January, 2007. Alice Co-Chair Scott Wiener discusses overview of Alice achievements over the last couple years during his term as Co-Chair.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, February, 2007. Julius Turman, 1st African American Co-Chair of Alice elected January, 2007, discusses his goals for the club. Also, Alice writes joint community letter condemning racist hate crime against Guy Clark's local Castro flower business.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2007. Mark Leno "Why I'm Running for State Senate".
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2007. "20 Years of Acting Up" - several stories on the 20 year anniversary of Act-Up and its national impact.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, May, 2007. Alice discusses early endorsements process and responds to criticism of early endorsement process from the Bay Area Reporter.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, June, 2007. Theresa Sparks discusses her election to President of the San Francisco Police Commission.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, July, 2007. Story on Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Presidential Candidate John Edwards, attending the June, 2007 Alice Pride Breakfast.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, August, 2007. Discussion of controversial new version of Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 2007. Alice Co-Chairs urge early endorsement for Tom Ammiano for State Assembly.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, October, 2007. Tom Ammiano thanks Alice for early endorsement in State Assembly race.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, November, 2007. Several Alice members write columns against an Employment Non-Discrimination Act that would exclude transgender people. Alice begins campaign for an inclusive ENDA.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, December, 2007. Bay Area Democrats respond to the Cosco Busan oil spill.


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2008

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, January, 2008. Rebecca Prozan talks about Alice achievements over her two years as Co-Chair.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, February, 2008. Susan Christian, first African American woman elected Co-Chair of Alice, talks about her vision for the club.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2008. In Memoriam Congressman Tom Lantos; and Mark Leno thanks Alice for successful signature drive to place his name on ballot for State Senate.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2008. Alice field organizing updates.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, May, 2008. Alice Reports editor Reese Aaron Isbell discusses specifics of Alice's get out the vote organization and its importance to the work the club does.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, June, 2008. June California Primary Election endorsements and get out the vote efforts.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, July, 2008. Letter from Alice to the Human Rights Campaign expressing refusal to participate in HRC dinner due to the HRC's "refusal to advocate for an inclusive ENDA". Recap of June election results. Letters from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Alice.
  • 2008 Democratic National Party Platform LGBT Platform Plank (notice Gender Identity added for first time) under the following: Sections on 1. AIDS under Affordable Healthcare; and 2. Global Health; And, 3. under section "A More Perfect Union", the platform states "Democrats will fight to end discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and disability in every corner of our country, because that's the America we believe in… We will pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act… We support the full inclusion of all families, including same-sex couples, in the life of our nation, and support equal responsibility, benefits, and protections. We will enact a comprehensive bipartisan employment non-discrimination act. We oppose the Defense of Marriage Act and all attempts to use this issue to divide us."
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, September, 2008. In Memoriam Del Martin.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, October, 2008. November 2008 Presidential Election Alice Endorsements
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, November, 2008. Election issue.


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2009

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, January, 2009. Julius Turman reflects on Alice progress over his two years as Co-Chair. Alice joint letter on the fight over marriage equality after losing Proposition 8. Reflections on Barack Obama winning the Presidency.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, February, 2009. Co-Chairs discuss aftermath of Proposition 8.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, March, 2009. Alice recollections five years after the "Winter of Love"
  • Human Rights Campaign Dinner Dianne Feinstein talks about meeting with a 'gay group in 1969' (8:45 minutes into speech), and that group was the Society for Individual Rights, who's members would later form the Alice B. Toklas Memorial Democratic Club in 1971
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, April, 2009. Special Election endorsements
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports,May, 2009. Co-Chairs discuss upcoming decision by California Supreme Court on constitutionality of Proposition 8.
  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club. Alice Reports, August, 2009. Notes from Alice Co-Chairs who attended the Equality Summit on marriage in San Bernadino.


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2010

  • Huffington Post, February, 2010 The United States Tax Court overturns the IRS and determines that sex reassignment surgery is not a 'cosmetic' surgery, and the article explains how the City of San Francisco demonstrated the low cost of providing transgender healthcare benefits to transgender people.


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