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Early Gay Liberation Movement at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1971-1978
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A Letter from State Senator John Murray

State Republican Legislators to Meet with Gay Lib: January 25, 1974

A Letter from John Murray to GPLA

A Letter from State Senator John Murray to Gay Lib

January 25, 1974

Mr. Dennis Brumm
1421 Duff
Ames, Iowa 50010

Dear Mr. Brumm:

Thank you very much for your letter inviting me to speak with the membership of the Gay Peoples Liberation Alliance.

I have spoken with Representative Crawford, and we would be happy to accept your invitation on February 10th, or a subsequent date which would be convenient with you. Please let us know the date and time.

John S. Murray
State Senator

cc: Rep. Reid Crawford

Originally conceived as a bit of a joke to make the local state Republican leaders wriggle a bit, they called our bluff and came to Frisbie House to speak with us and presented themselves with dignity. They didn't seem like the evil Nixon at all.

Of course we were in a University town and these were the days of moderates in the Republican Party. The state's governor Ray was in this number. There was no religious right yet, although around this time Phyllis Schlafly had begun her conservative tirade against the Equal Rights Amendment which led to the National Embarrassment that is today's Republican Party.

Don't take me wrong. I don't care much for Democrats, either (all part of an untenable system, ultimately), and would have tried to make them wriggle, too.

Below are Crawford on the left, Murray on the right, photos from around the time of this letter and meeting. I believe Reid was still a university student at ISU while he was also an elected official.

Reid Crawford John Murray
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