Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (CSLDC)
This is a collection of papers donated by R. Paul Martin relating to his involvement in the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee (CSLDC). The papers were all contained in a briefcase which Mr. Martin had with him at the last CSLDC meeting he attended in 1984. The meeting was unusually raucus and Mr. Martin never went back even though he had been with the committee for more than 10 years. Although the papers came from Mr. Martin, they really reflect the organization not the man.
Scope and Content
This collection is composed of organizational minutes and subcommittee reports from regular meetings of the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee. The records span from 1982 to 1984 and illustrate the planning process of New York City’s annual Gay Pride March.
Included also is material from the 1983 Pride Coordinators Conference held in San Diego. There is also a copy of the CSLDC Constitution. Related collections in the archive are 003 and a folder in the vertical file.
History or Bio
The Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee was the original Gay Pride March committee in New York City. In 1984, after a good deal of contention and controversy the committee disbanded and was replaced by the Heritage of Pride, which has run the march ever since.