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Oral history interview with Sam Ciccone, 1992.

Creator: Ciccone, Sam, 1944-2015
Project: Gay Officers Action League oral history collection
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Phys. Desc. :Transcript 83 pages Sound recording 3 audiocassettes
Location: Columbia Center for Oral History
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Biographical Note

Police Officer, Playwright

Scope and Contents

b. 1994; childhood: Bergen County, NJ and Brooklyn, NY, Italian immigrant family, struggle to assimilate; left home 1960, luncheonette job; New York Police Department (NYPD), 1965-1979: attraction to power, resistance to NYPD corruption, first homosexual experience; Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1966: first homosexual affair; return to NYPD: shame, secrecy, paranoia, memory of Stonewall, NYPD violence and corruption; GOAL: 1982 formation, NYPD negative reactions, un-closeting of board, incorporation of women and minorities, 1983 march in Gay Pride parade, Policemen's Benevolent Association attempts to exclude gays from NYPD, attempts to exclude GOAL from police umbrella groups, expansion, accomplishments: education, solidarity between races, sexes, sexual orientations, sensitivity training


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Copyright by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, 1992

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