Scope and arrangement
The Allen Roskoff papers consist of his subject files which document his interest in political and social gay rights activism from 1972 to 2004. Included are organizational materials, flyers, copies of articles and interviews by Roskoff, and some correspondence (primarily incoming). Files are arranged by subject with the bulk of the material concerning Roskoffs support of political candidates during election years (1972-1996) and attempts to pass gay rights legislature primarily anti-discrimination in employment laws. Other subject files concern prominent activists and gay events and organizations. Topics range from protests against Anita Bryants Dade County Save Our Children campaign in 1977 to correspondence from pro-gay religious groups and leaders and documentation of protests against the movie, Cruising - complete with a screenplay. Roskoff often retained the literature and handouts of the opposing parties, particularly with the Save Our Children materials and election materials. Also included are several oversized gay rights and campaign posters, as well as a mounted proclamation from Governor Mario Cuomo declaring Gay and Lesbian Pride Week, and the pen used by to sign New Yorks Executive Order Number 28, which states that no State department or agency may discriminate when employing on the basis of sexual orientation.
Alphabetical by subject.