Gay Police Recruits

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KQED News report by Randy Shilts in San Francisco from June 19th 1979, on the controversy surrounding the gay community's attempts to get openly gay candidates recruited into the police force. Includes an interview with a women who's ambition is to become an openly lesbian police officer.

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archival news film
KQN 3309

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Ron served in SFPD for 24 years as a gay Cop.. we did a recruiting drive in our bar Chaps south of market on 11th st  gay men...then AIDS forced us and a bunch more to close.       The drive was done for the S F sheriffs dept. we also did a lot of work encouraging men to apply.  and did many fund raisers with a lot of local entertainers and other professionals, and amateurs  ,plus sponsored events like "Men  Behind Bars"  plus taking food and entertainment to Ward 5 B weekly. our Christmas tree lighting project in the bar supplied visual and audio equipment for the ward and more.

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