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Charles C. Francis Papers, 1911-2013 | University of North Texas Special Collections

By Robert Lay

Collection Overview

Title: Charles C. Francis Papers, 1911-2013Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:2000-2004
ID: 01/AR0835
Primary Creator: Francis, Charles C.
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Materials reflect the original arrangement scheme as received from the donor.
Date Acquired: 10/15/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946 -, Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006, Gay rights -- United States, Party affiliation -- Law and legislation, Political campaigns -- United States, Political parties -- History, Political parties -- United States, Rockefeller, David, 1941--, Simpson, Alan K.
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Charles C. Francis Collection includes documentation on the politics of gay rights during George W. Bush’s presidential election and first four years of the Bush administration including protests by the Log Cabin Republicans during the Texas Republican Convention in 1998, the Austin 12 meeting on April 13, 2000, the Bush campaign’s initial outreach to gay Republicans, the creation of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), fundraising and campaign contributions, calls for acceptance and party unity from Senator Alan K. Simpson and President Gerald R. Ford, criticism of gays from Rick Santorum and the far right, the Supreme Court's decision in Lawrence v. Texas,  and President Bush's support for an amendment to the Constitution to ban gay marriage. The collection also documents the advocacy and outreach activities of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay rights group working to make the Republican Party more inclusive for conservative gays and lesbians. The Charles C. Francis papers are composed of personal notes, emails, print media coverage of the RUC’s activities, press releases, speech drafts, and event-planning documents. Of particular note is the correspondence amongst its principals and other officials. This includes Bush Administration officials Karl Rove and Karen Hughes, as well as President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush; supporters and members of the RUC advisory board Mary Cheney, David Rockefeller, Trammel Crow, Jr., Mary Matalin, Senator Alan K. Simpson, and President Gerald R. Ford; and media figures Andrew Sullivan, Hastings Wyman, and Diane Sawyer.

Collection Historical Note

In the spring of 2000 Charles Francis organized a meeting between Governor George W. Bush and a group of twelve gay and lesbian Republicans who came to be known as the Austin 12. This meeting, the first time any Republican presidential candidate had met publicly with a group of gay Republicans, led Governor Bush to declare that he was “a better man” for having listened to the Austin 12, and raised hopes in the gay community that the Republican Party would become more inclusive. Francis advised the Bush/Cheney presidential campaign staff on issues important to gay and lesbian Republicans. After the election, Francis formed the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC) that included a political action committee dedicated to making sexual preference a non-issue in the Republican Party. The RUC boasted many high-profile members and supporters, including Mary Cheney, former-Senator Alan K. Simpson, and former-President Gerald R. Ford. The Republican Unity Coalition disbanded in 2004 in the wake of President Bush’s public support of a federal marriage amendment and after facing increasing criticism from far-right and family values Republicans. Francis continues to live in Washington, D.C. with his husband. He is currently a Senior Counselor with a public affairs consulting company and also President of the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C., a historical society dedicated to original archival research of LGBT history.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2014-71
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Charles C. Francis
Acquisition Method: Donation

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: 1911-2004Add to your cart.
Ten folders including background information about the donor Charles C. Francis and the political schism between gay and straight Republicans beginning with the protests in response to the Texas GOP barring the Log Cabin Republicans from having a booth at the GOP state convention in Fort Worth, culminating with the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition (RUC), a gay-straight alliance with the goal of making homosexuality a non-issue for the Republican Party.
Barcode: 642851
Folder 1: Charles Francis, Denton Family History, Dallas Upbringing, and Camp Longhorn, 1911-2012Add to your cart.
Briefly records the donor's family history in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and his close, personal friendship with the Bush family, especially George W. Bush.
Item 1: Charles Carter Francis Biography, [undated]Add to your cart.
Brief biographical sketch of the donor, Charles C. Francis.
Item 2: News Clipping, "W. B. Francis Died Suddenly Tuesday", [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a news clipping recording the passing of W. B. Francis of Denton, TX.
Item 3: News Clippings, "Francis Becomes Magnolia's Attorney," and "Will Francis is Married", December 6, 1911Add to your cart.
Photocopies of two newspaper articles. The first records the appointment of Denton, TX native William H. Francis as general attorney of the Magnolia Petroleum Company. The second is an announcement of William H. Francis' marriage to Frances Lysaght of Weatherford, TX.
Item 4: Photograph of Charlie Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photograph of Charles I. Francis, North Texas State University Regent and great uncle of Charles C. Francis. Inscribed on reverse to J. R. Harris, along with a biographical sketch.
Item 5: News Clipping, "Welcome Home, Mr. Secretary", [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a newspaper photo with caption describing the visit of Assistant Secretary of Defense William H. Francis Jr. to his home in Dallas, TX.
Item 6: Eagle Scout Certification, August 27, 1968Add to your cart.
Charles C. Francis' Eagle Scout certificate
Item 7: Highland Park Junior High School Student Council Certificate, June 1, 1966Add to your cart.
Certificate recognizing Charles C. Francis' service as president and representative of the Student Council for four semesters.
Item 8: Camp Longhorn Token, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a Camp Longhorn One Merit token.
Item 9: Camp Longhorn Camper Report, [undated]Add to your cart.
Camp Longhorn report card for Charles Francis.
Item 10: Camp Longhorn Photograph, [undated]Add to your cart.
Photocopy of a photograph of the donor as a child, wearing a Camp Longhorn shirt.
Item 11: Photograph of Charles Francis, 2012Add to your cart.
Photograph of the donor
Item 12: Photograph of President Reagan and Charles Francis, 1984Add to your cart.
Photograph of President Ronald Reagan shaking hands with the donor.
Item 13: Invitation and Program for a Reception Honoring Philip Johnson, 1998Add to your cart.
Dinner to introduce Johnson's new projects in the metroplex: the Cathedral of Hope and the gallery addition to the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. Francis served on the host committee for the event.
Item 14: Email, Bruce Bawer to Charles Francis, January 24, 1998Add to your cart.
Regarding the Cathedral of Hope.
Item 15: Magazine Clipping, 2014Add to your cart.
Clipping from the Scot Times, a publication of the Highland Park Independent School District Alumni, Parents, Grandparents and Friends, featuring a photograph of the 1966 Highland Park Junior High School Student Council, submitted by Charles Francis.
Item 16: Letter, Barbara Bush to Charles Francis, March 25, 1984Add to your cart.
Thank-you note.
Folder 2: Governor Bush and Charles Francis, 1994-1998Add to your cart.
Contains correspondence from George W. Bush regarding Francis' support of Bush's campaign for Governor of Texas and a letter from Francis to Governor Bush about the state GOP barring the Log Cabin Republicans from the convention floor.
Item 1: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, March 7, 1994Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support of Bush's candidacy for Governor of Texas. A personal note from Bush is inscribed at the bottom.
Item 2: Letter, Governor George W. Bush to Charles Francis, June 30, 1995Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support and inviting him to visit the Governor's Mansion.
Item 3: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, July 6, 1994Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his support.
Item 4: Letter, Charles Francis to George W. Bush, June 8, 1998Add to your cart.
Reacting to state GOP spokesman Robert Black's labeling the Log Cabin Republicans a hate group. Francis also warns Bush of coming national media attention and a planned protest in Fort Worth, TX.
Item 5: Facsimile, Karen Hughes to Charles Francis, June 10, 1998Add to your cart.
Includes a news clipping from Human Events about the Log Cabin Republicans plan to protest outside the state GOP convention in Forth Worth, TX.
Folder 3: Governor Bush - Fort Worth Log Cabin Demonstration, 1998Add to your cart.
Material covers the Log Cabin Republicans' protest outside the GOP convention in Fort Worth in reaction to state GOP spokesman Robert Black's inflammatory criticism of the Republican group.
Item 1: CD-R, "On the Front Lines", July 21, 1998Add to your cart.
These files are hosted by the University of North Texas Digital Library.
Item 2: Email, Walter Olson to BQ Friends List, June 27, 1998Add to your cart.
Noting an article in Human Events that labels Charles Francis as a "homosexual activist."
Item 3: News Clipping, "Log Cabin to lead demonstration", June 12, 1998Add to your cart.
Dallas Voice article about the Log Cabin Republicans' "Rally for Liberty" in Fort Worth, TX.
Item 4: Emailed Articles Sent to Charles Francis, June 11, 1998Add to your cart.
Two articles. The first from the Dallas Morning News concerns Governor Bush's attempt to intervene in the dispute between the state GOP and the Log Cabin Republicans. The second from the Fort Worth Star Telegram describes the Log Cabin Republicans' planned protest in Fort Worth.
Item 5: Draft Letter to Delegates from Dale Carpenter, [undated]Add to your cart.
Describes the division between gay and straight Republicans and reaffirms position that sexual orientation should not be an issue for the Republican Party.
Item 6: Facsimile, "Gay GOP Group Barred from Convention", June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
News release from the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas regarding the rejection of the Log Cabin exhibit booth at the state convention.
Item 7: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr., June 5, 1998Add to your cart.
Letter regarding the planned protest in Fort Worth, thanking Crow for his contribution to the Republican Liberty PAC
Item 8: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr. and and Charles Francis, June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
Proposals for a GOP campaign highlighting the exclusion of the Log Cabin Republicans from the state convention
Item 9: Facsimile, Dale Carpenter to Trammel Crow, Jr., June 16, 1998Add to your cart.
A post-demonstration debrief on how Log Cabin's events and message were received, including Governor Bush's statement urging Republicans to treat one another with dignity and unite behind the conservative philosophy regardless of sexual orientation.
Item 10: News Clipping, "The Fire Next Time", June 20, [1998]Add to your cart.
New York Times article describing the Log Cabin protest in Fort Worth in the context of the national Republican Party's rhetoric concerning gays.
Item 11: Letter, Nancy Brinker to Trammel Crow, Jr., July 20, 1998Add to your cart.
Regarding an effort to set up a meeting between Nancy Brinker and Dale Carpenter
Item 12: New York Times Magazine Article, "Another Bush?", September 13, 1998Add to your cart.
Article exploring Bush's moderate conservatism at the start of the presidential primary season, specifically highlighting his cooperation with the Log Cabin Republicans. [Article is not complete]
Item 13: News Clipping, "Gay Republicans protest convention treatment", [undated]Add to your cart.
Dallas Morning News article about the Log Cabin protest in Fort Worth and the exchanges between Log Cabin protesters and religious counterprotesters.
Item 14: Press Release, "Gay GOP Group Barred From Convention", June 4, 1998Add to your cart.
From the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas regarding the Texas GOP leaders rejecting the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas' application for a booth at the state convention.
Item 15: News Clipping, "The Road to Laramie", [undated]Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Frank Rich about the murder of Matthew Shepard; mentions the anti-gay rally at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth.
Item 16: News Clipping, "The Fire Next Time", June 20, [1998]Add to your cart.
New York Times column by Frank Rich about anti-gay rhetoric within the GOP and the demonstrations at the Texas GOP convention.
Folder 4: Bush '99 - Charles Francis and Gays, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence between Charles C. Francis and key figures in the Bush Campaign, notably chief campaign strategist Karl Rove and advisor Karen Hughes. The materials document gay Republicans outreach to George W. Bush prior to the beginning of the general election season.
Item 1: Invitation, June 18, 1998Add to your cart.
Invitation from the Host Committee of the National Capital Region for the Re-Election of George W. Bush to a reception in honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush.
Item 2: Email, Walter Olson to Charles Francis, August 24, 1999Add to your cart.
Regarding Olson's appeal to conservatives to oppose the anti-gay pledge circulated in Iowa
Item 3: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, August 24, 1999Add to your cart.
Stating that the Bush campaign will not sign the anti-gay pledge circulated by Bill Horn.
Item 4: Email, Article from the Austin American-Statesman, June 8, 1998Add to your cart.
"Gay Republicans: 'Party hurts itself by excluding us,' Texas GOP refuses to give Log Cabin Republicans exhibit space at convention," by Juan B. Elizondo Jr. (Associated Press).
Item 5: Article, Houston Chronicle, June 6, 1998Add to your cart.
Article covering Texas GOP spokesman Robert Black's criticism of Log Cabin Republicans.
Item 6: Conversation Notes Regarding George W. Bush's Stance on Gays, [undated]Add to your cart.
Document listing points that Charles Francis wants to emphasize to New York Times reporter Rick Berke about Bush's tolerance and handling of gay issues.
Item 7: Facsimile, Charles Francis to George W. Bush and Karen Hughes, April 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Informing Governor Bush about the Francis' interview with Rick Berke.
Item 8: News Article, "High in the Polls and Close to Home, Bush Navigates by the Center Line", April 9, 1999Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Rick Berke about Bush' presidential campaign, including quotes from Charles Francis.
Item 9: Letter, Charles Francis to Mary Matalin, March 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Matalin for her remarks on Meet the Press promising to "demonize Republicans that gay bash in 2000," and describing his friendship with George and Laura Bush.
Item 10: Letter, Brian O'Leary Bennett to Charles Francis, October 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for the opportunity to advise the Bush campaign and discussing the impact of gay issues on Republican Party politics.
Item 11: Program from a Reception in Honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush, June 18, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Item 12: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, September 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Recommendation from Francis that Governor Bush meet with Kevin Ivers of the Log Cabin Republicans.
Item 13: News Clipping, "High in the Polls and Close to Home, Bush Navigates by the Center Line", April 9, 1999Add to your cart.
New York Times article by Richard Berke.
Item 14: Invitation to a Reception in Honor of Governor and Mrs. George W. Bush, June 22, 1999Add to your cart.
Held by the Host Committee of the National Capital Area in support of the Governor George W. Bush Presidential Exploratory Committee.
Item 15: Letter, George W. Bush to Charles Francis, July 19, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for serving as vice chair of the D.C. fund-raising reception.
Item 16: Photograph, George W. Bush and Charles Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Color photograph, inscribed, "To Charles, Best Wishes," and signed.
Item 17: Article, "A Friend Indeed? Governor Bush's gay colleagues hope to influence the would-be GOP presidential nominee", June 8, 1999Add to your cart.
Article from The Advocate.
Item 18: Email, from Mary Matalin to Charles Francis, March 9, 1999Add to your cart.
Matalin's thoughts on the party infighting regarding gay issues.
Item 19: Letter, Lucilo A. Peña to Charles Francis, August 2, 1999Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his remarks in The Advocate, urging gay Republicans to support George W. Bush.
Item 20: Article, "Log Cabin Blues", December 20, 1999Add to your cart.
The Weekly Standard article by Tucker Carlson.
Folder 5: "Thank you for your writings--Look forward to learning," George W. Bush to Charles Francis, April 8, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Republican Unity Coalition - Inaugural Breakfast, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Materials documenting the foundation of the Republican Unity Coalition, a gay-straight alliance within the Republican Party. The group formed after the 2000 Presidential election with the goal of making sexual preference a non-issue for the party.
Item 1: News Clipping, "Gays See Bush with Wariness and Optimism", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
New York Times article concerning the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 2: Photograph of the Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
 
Item 3: Article, "Wariness and Optimism as Gays View New President", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Hardcopy of the online version of the New York Times article on about the formation of the coalition.
Item 4: Printout of the Republican Unity Coaltion Website, August 14, 2002Add to your cart.
Includes the homepage documenting recent coalition activities and The Cody Statement, a declaration of principles put forth by the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 5: Invitation to the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 6: Remarks by Charles Francis, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Prepared remarks, with annotations, for the Republican Unity Coalition breakfast.
Item 7: Table Assignments, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Table assignments from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast.
Item 8: Republican National Convention Welcome Letter, July 28, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 9: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 10: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 11: "I'm a Better Man" Button, 2000Add to your cart.
One button that reads "I'm a Better Man" George W. Bush April 13, 2000
Separation Note: This object has been removed to special housing within box 1 of this collection.
Item 12: Article, "Wariness and Optimism Vie as Gays View New President", January 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Hardcopy of the online version of the New York Times article.
Item 13: Article, "Civil Rights: A New GOP 'Tone' on Gay Rights?", May 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from The National Journal about Charles Francis and the founding of the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 14: News Clipping on Gay Republicans, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
Brief news item from The Philadelphia Inquirer about the gay and lesbian delegates at the Republican National Convention.
Item 15: Acknowledgement of Gift, December 6, 2007Add to your cart.
Acknowledgement of gift from the National Museum of American History: Kenneth E. Behring Center for the donation of an "I'm a Better Man" button.
Item 16: Article, "GOP Officials Push 'Uniter' Efforts", January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Associated Press article on George W. Bush's desire to unite factions within the Republican Party.
Item 17: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Photocopy of the Inaugural breakfast invitation.
Item 18: Program from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 19: News Clipping, "Taking Charge in Philly", July 24, 2000Add to your cart.
Clipping of a Robert Novak article about George W. Bush's popularity at the Republican National Convention.
Item 20: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Two copies.
Item 21: Information Sheet about the Republican Unity Coalition, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Time and place information about the Republican Unity Coalition's Inaugural Breakfast and a brief description of the organization's mission.
Item 22: Republican Unity Coalition Press Release, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Press release about the Republican Unity Coalition's Inaugural Breakfast.
Item 23: Program from the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
Annotated on reverse with information about the guests seated at table seven.
Item 24: Photograph, Mary Matalin at the Republican Unity Coalition Inaugural Breakfast, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
 
Item 25: Information Card, [January 19, 2001]Add to your cart.
Info card from the Republican Unity Coalition breakfast
Item 26: Invitation to Republican Unity Coalition Breakfast, January 19, 2001Add to your cart.
 
Item 27: Article, "A Question of Loyalty: Will gay Republicans support for the party come at the expense of gay rights?", March 13, 2001Add to your cart.
Article by Chris Bull in The Advocate about the Republican Unity Coalition.
Folder 7: Austin 12 - The Washington Post, April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
News clipping from The Washington Post, "Bush Says He Won't Hesitate to Appoint Gays to Jobs"
Folder 8: Republican Unity Coalition, 2000Add to your cart.
Materials documenting a series of receptions and events during the 2000 President election aiming to unite gay and straight Republicans behind George W. Bush. This includes events held in Los Angeles, CA, Washington DC, and at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Many notable conservative figures headlined these events, including Mary Matalin, Senator Alan Simpson, and Congressman Jim Kolbe.
Item 1: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
Invitation to an event honoring gay Republicans hosted by the DC Republican Committee.
Item 2: Information Sheet, [undated]Add to your cart.
Information about the Republican Unity Coalition.
Item 3: Facsimile, Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 9, 2000Add to your cart.
Fax copy of the cover of the invitation.
Item 4: Article, "Gay Election," Invitation to the Gay and Lesbian Luncheon at the Republican National Convention, Invitation to a Gay and Lesbian Republican Reception in Los Angeles California, Invitation to the Washington D.C. Reception Honoring Gay Republicans, and Photocopy of "A Gay Old Party," article by David Brooks for The Daily Standard, November 19, 2000Add to your cart.
Stapled printouts and photocopies of articles and invitation documenting events in advance of the Presidential election.
Item 5: Note, James C. Langdon, Jr to Charles C. Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
Personal note, "I guess we can all hold our breath for another week!"
Item 6: Note, Joe M. Allbaugh to Charles C. Francis, August 6, 2000Add to your cart.
Thank you note.
Item 7: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 8: Letter from Charles C. Francis to Jim Cicconi, General Council, AT&T, September 22, 2000Add to your cart.
Request for AT&T to donate to the Republican Unity Coalition and serve as a lead sponsor for the Unity Celebration Honoring Gay Republicans and Supporting Bush/Cheney 2000.
Item 9: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 10: List of Sponsors and Host Committee Members, "Gay and Lesbian Republicans of California 2000", August 13, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Item 11: Invitation to the Gay and Lesbian Republicans Luncheon, July 31, 2000Add to your cart.
Luncheon held during the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia
Item 12: News Clipping, "Bush Considers Political Alliance with Gays", June 6, 2000Add to your cart.
Article from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Item 13: Invitation to The Republican Ticket...from the White House to the DC Council, October 20, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Republican Unity Coalition/Gays, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Materials document the relationship between the Bush Administration and gay Republicans in the first year of the Bush Presidency, including some early criticism of the Republican Unity Coalition from conservatives and the unease of many gay Republicans with President Bush's faith-based initiative.
Item 1: Article, "Bush Admin. Broadens Gay Overtures", October 27, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from The Washington Post about the reaction of conservative Republicans to Bush's attempts to show that gays are welcome in the party.
Item 2: Article, "Capital Letters", May 10, 2002Add to your cart.
Online article by Hastings Wyman in The Texas Triangle Online about Charles Francis' founding of the Republican Unity Coalition and ongoing work with gay and lesbian advocacy.
Item 3: Photograph, Mary Matalin and Jim Francis, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 4: Photograph, Mary Matalin, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 5: Portion of Menu with Personal Notes, [undated]Add to your cart.
Inscribed with notes of thanks and encouragement to Charles Francis
Item 6: Portion of Prepared Remarks by Brian Bennett, Gay Delegate to the Republican National Convention, at an Event in Los Angeles, CA, [undated]Add to your cart.
Bennett thanks Charles Francis for using his friendship with George W. Bush to bring acceptance of gays within the party to the forefront.
Item 7: Email, Forwarded Article by Hastings Wyman, December 9, 2000Add to your cart.
Article lists Charles Francis as one of the Top Ten Red, White, and Lavender Leaders for his advocacy work on behalf of gay Republicans.
Item 8: Article, "GOP Breakfast Honors Homosexuals", January 29, 2001Add to your cart.
Online article from World Net Daily, originally published in Human Events, covering remarks by various members of the host committee at the Unity Celebration luncheon.
Item 9: Letter, Jack Oliver, Deputy Chairman of the Republican National Committee, to Charles Francis, December 21, 2001Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his work and looking forward to future cooperation with the Republican Unity Coalition
Item 10: Note, David B. Mixner to Charles Francis, April 26, 2001Add to your cart.
Note marking the meeting of Charles Francis and David Mixner.
Item 11: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, March 23, 2001Add to your cart.
Brief exchange about the number of gay Republicans named to posts in the Bush Administration
Item 12: Note, Scott [Evertz] to Charles Francis, May 1, 2001Add to your cart.
Thanking Francis for his counsel.
Item 13: Certificate Recognizing Charles Francis' Service on the Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Team, [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Item 14: Email, Karl Rove to Charles Francis, July 10, 2001Add to your cart.
Rove and Francis discuss the Salvation Army's ministerial exemption under the 1964 Civil Rights Act in light of media reports of the organization's anti-gay sentiments
Item 15: Facsimile, Charles Francis to Karen Hughes, July 11, 2001Add to your cart.
Letter to arrange a meeting to discuss how gay supporters can help President Bush's faith-based initiative after media coverage equating it with anti-gay sentiment
Item 16: News Clipping, "GOP Group Calls for Tolerance Toward Gays", January 21, 2001Add to your cart.
Article from The Washington Post about Francis and the Republican Unity Coalition's attempt to foster inclusiveness within the Republican Party
Folder 10: "With God on Their Side," by Esther Kaplan, 2004Add to your cart.
Photocopied excerpts from Kaplan's book discussing the influence of Christian fundamentalism on the Bush Administration's handling of gay issues.
Item 1: VHS, "Austin Meeting with Bush, Ch. 8, WFAA Dallas", [undated]Add to your cart.
 
Format: T-120 VHS cassette
Item 2: VHS, "George W. Bush Meets with Gay Republicans," Cable and Network Coverage, April 13-April 14, 2000Add to your cart.
 
Format: TS15 VHS cassette
Item 3: VHS, "Log Cabin Republicans Rally, Fort Worth, Texas", June 13, 1998Add to your cart.
 
Format: T-20 VHS cassette

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