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Committee the Civil Rights of Homosexuals Records

 Collection
Identifier: QM-Phy-725
Records of the Committee on Civil Rights for Homosexuals, 1975-1987. Includes minutes, Clerk's correspondence, and miscellaneous records.

Dates

  • 1975-1987

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The minutes of the Committee are open for research. Clerk's correspondence, as indicated in the finding aid, has restricted access until 2050. Details available in repository.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to the Repositories. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the individual Meeting or its successor. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Repositories as the holder(s) of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Overview

In 1972, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting appointed a Committee on Homosexuality under the Meeting for Social Concerns to work for the assurance of civil rights for homosexuals. In December of 1975, after the Meeting for Social Concerns was laid down and Yearly Meeting restructured, it was decided that there should be a subcommittee of the Family Relations Committee on homosexuality and a Committee for the Civil Rights of Homosexuals under the Testimonies/Concerns section of Yearly Meeting; the two groups met jointly. In 1987, the Committee on Civil Rights for Homosexuals decided to lay itself down; the Subcommittee on Homosexuality continued as part of the Family Relations Committee. Includes records of the Committee on Civil Rights for Homosexuals, 1975-1987.

Biographical / Historical

In 1972, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting appointed a Committee on Homosexuality under the Meeting for Social Concerns to work for the assurance of civil rights for homosexuals. A year later, the Yearly Meeting went on record as opposing discrimination based on sexual orientation, viz. "We should all be aware that there is a great diversity in the relationships that people develop with on another. Although we neither approve or disapprove of homosexuality, the same standards under the law whach are applied to heterosexual activities should also be applied to homosexual activities. In December of 1975, after the Meeting for Social Concerns was laid down and Yearly Meeting restructured, it was decided that there should be a subcommittee of the Family Relations Committee on homosexuality and a Committee for the Civil Rights of Homosexuals under the Testimonies/Concerns section of Yearly Meeting; the two groups met jointly. In 1987, the PYM Committee on Civil Rights for Homosexuals decided to lay itself down; the Subcommittee on Homosexuality continued as part of the Family Relations Committee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposit

Related Materials

For early minutes of the Committee on Homosexuality, 1972-1973, see the finding aid for the Meeting for Social Concerns, Series 19 (RG2/Phy/758).
Title
PHILADELPHIA YEARLY MEETING OF THE RELIGIOUS SOCIETY OF FRIENDS. COMMITTEE ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF HOMOSEXUALS.
Subtitle
A Finding Aid for its Records Deposited in Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Date
2004
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2016: This electronic finding aid was updated in Summer 2016 by Abdulrezak Kemal in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace, to conform to current markup standards and the ArchivesSpace data model.

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