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Lewd & Lascivious - A Documentary on Harassment that changed Law Enforcement

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Lewd & Lascivious - A Documentary on Harassment that changed Law Enforcement

Lewd & Lascivious is a one hour documentary that recounts what has become known as the New Year’s Day eve 1965 police raid on California Hall in San Francisco where a fundraising dance was being held to provide a financial base for the newly organized Council on Religion and the Homosexual.  

Ordained Protestant denominational clergy had previously met with members of the San Francisco Police Department as plans for the dance were developed.  In spite of those contacts, the SFPD severely harassed the dance and eventually arrested 6 people, three attorneys for moral turpitude, a straight married woman for interfering with police and two gay men for lewd and lascivious conduct.  

The resulting court trial and its findings forever changed the police response to the emerging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.  

Ms. Joanne Chadwick, Executive Director Emeritus of the ELCA and The Rev. Charles Lewis, San Francisco Night Minister Emeritus who were present at the dance will be in person at the showing to answer questions and provide additional comments.    

April 11, 3 PM and 7 PM

Free Admission Thanksgiving Lutheran Church, 1225 Fulton Road @ W. College Ave., Santa Rosa www.thanksgivinglutheran.org