In May of 1975, then-Los Angeles Police Chief Edward Davis was invited to participate in the LA Pride parade — an annual celebration of the LGBT community which first took place in 1970 — by the event’s organisers, Christopher Street West. Davis responded with the following letter.
LA Pride continues to this day. 2013’s three day event begins on June 7th.
(Source: Paul Forte, via Virginia C. McGuire; Image above: LA Pride 2012, via Boston.com)
LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
May 23, 1975
Ms. Sharon D. Cornelison, President
Christopher Street West Association
P.O. Box 3949
Hollywood, California 90028
Dear Ms. Cornelison:
As you no doubt expected, I am declining your invitation to participate in the celebration of “GAY PRIDE WEEK.” While I support your organization’s constitutional right to express your feelings on the subject of homosexuality, I am obviously not in sympathy with your views on the subject. I would much rather celebrate “GAY CONVERSION WEEK” which I will gladly sponsor when the medical practitioners in this country find a way to convert gays to heterosexuals.
Very truly yours,
E. M. DAVIS
Chief of Police