New Kameny book cover mimics 1950 report calling gays ‘perverts’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Cover of Frank Kamey’s “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America.” (Photo from the Washington Blade)

The author of an upcoming book on gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny’s groundbreaking work beginning in the late 1950s in fighting the federal government’s discrimination against gay people has given the Blade an advance look at the book’s unique cover.

Entitled “The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. the United States of America,” the book’s cover partially replicates the cover of a sensational 1950 U.S. Senate report on homosexuals in federal employment that is credited with triggering widespread purges of gay federal workers over the next 30 years.

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Stonewall 50: A Pacifist’s Protest

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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ST. PETERSBURG | 50 years after her funeral, the death of icon Judy Garland still brings tears to St. Petersburg resident Jay Chetney’s eyes. A true “Friend of Dorothy,” a decades-old euphemism utilized by gay men to safely share their sexual orientation, he attended her public funeral in June of 1969.

He wasn’t alone. The New York Times estimated that 20,000 fans gathered at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home to peer into Garland’s glass-enclosed coffin and say goodbye. “There were few tears and seats to spare,” they noted, something Garland’s film co-star James Mason shared.

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LGBT historic site projects continue under Trump

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: The National Park Service under Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has, so far, continued to include LGBT sites in the National Register of Historic Places. Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Flickr.

The National Park Service last year approved at least four LGBT-related sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as well as a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender and Sexuality Equality that’s expected to conduct research on women’s and LGBT civil rights issues.

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