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"The collections document gay rights activism in Orange County starting in 1971 and reveal how community activists came together in conservative 1970s Orange County to organize services such as crisis hotlines and to fight against a state ballot measure in 1978 that would have encoded discrimination against gays and Lesbians," reads the invite to Thursday's 4 p.m. event.
The archive was made possible thanks to "a generous donation" from Brad Brafford and Barbara Muirhead, according to library officials. On view are the personal papers of prominent activist Brafford, political organizer Patricia Callahan and transgender community activist Patric A. Magee.
The records of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County--a.k.a. The Center OC in Garden Grove that Brafford helped found in 1972, making it one of the country's oldest--is also part of the archives. For more information on the reception and the archive, visit: http://partners.lib.uci.edu/
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