March 30 in LGBTQ History

1985: In a letter to ultra-conservative American Coalition for Family Values, former Los Angeles Police Chief and state assembly member Ed Davis responds against anti-gay politicians and pressure from the group that he take a public pledge refusing donation or endorsements from gay political groups.  “I close this letter,” he says, “by asking you to take a few minutes to read two short documents with which you may not be familiar – the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.”  In the 1970s, Davis had been seen as one of the gay movement’s primary political enemies and used his position as police chief to malign and harass gay men and lesbians.

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