“’LET HE WHO BE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE’“ – “LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS?” – “ANITA WHO?” – “KEEP YOUR LAWS OFF MY BODY. AND OUT OF OUR BEDS!,” Stop Anita Bryant Demonstration, Hollywood High School, Los Angeles, California, June 13, 1977. Photo by Pat Rocco, c/o @onearchives.
On June 13, 1977, forty years ago today, as queer communities across the United States continued to process and protest the success of Anita Bryant’s “Save Our Children” campaign against Miami’s anti-discrimination ordinance (which Miami voters overwhelmingly voted to repeal on June 7), approximately 5,500 demonstrators gathered outside of Los Angeles’ Hollywood High School for a march to De Longpre Park. The march, organizers explained, was “to protest any possible spread to California of antihomosexual legislation.”
Within months, Bryant’s campaign successfully challenged pro-gay ordinances in a number of American cities and eventually turned its attention to California, where the battle over the Briggs Initiative engulfed and galvanized the queer community. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist (at Hollywood High School)