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Charles Francis, President, The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.; co-founder, Kameny Papers Project, is a Washington, D.C., public affairs consultant.

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"Homosexuality and Citizenship" in Florida

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:24 PM

Amidst widespread joy that gay and lesbian Floridians may now legally marry, all of us should pause for a moment of silent reflection, or prayer, in the names of the many thousands of gay men and women literally destroyed by policies of the state of Florida since the 1950s. In...

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Immoral, Infamous, Scandalous and Notoriously Disgraceful

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 4:25 PM

Charlie Baker to "show cause."

The letter was shocking and gobsmack-humiliating. It laid out the most private and intimate details of his sex life. Worse, the government sent the letter to him at his parents' house where he was staying. Thank God, his parents did not open this letter,...

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Chief Justice John Roberts' 'Snippets' Dissent

(6) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 10:00 AM

"Snippets" of legislative history are not a reason to "tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent in United States v. Windsor, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Chief Justice Roberts is right: Snippets are not enough. That...

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Extreme Weather Threatens Virginia's Universities

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 7:43 PM

The leaders of Virginia's public colleges and universities await the state's upcoming election of a new governor like cattle frozen in front of a coming line of extreme weather. An unpredictable, severe electoral event is challenging the presidents, rectors and vice rectors of Virginia's colleges and universities as no other...

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Perved: Eisenhower Anti-Gay Executive Order Turns 60

(14) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 10:00 AM

The American "pervert" was defined, codified and banned from public service by an executive order signed by President Dwight Eisenhower, effective 60 years ago this month (May 27).

The American pervert was a "criminal, infamous, dishonest" being. Worse, he or she was "immoral or notoriously disgraceful," incapable of "unswerving loyalty...

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Frank Kameny: Star Gazer to Gay Activist

(3) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 2:35 PM

Remarks before the American Astronomical Society Tuesday, Jan. 10 in Austin, Tex.:

President Elmegreen, Members of the Society:

On behalf of Dr. Franklin E. Kameny, I am honored to accept this Certificate of Appreciation from the American Astronomical Society.

If only Frank could be with us today!

I know how...

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50th Anniversary of a Legal Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 1:37 PM

Fifty years ago this week, in 1961 Frank Kameny picked up his copy of The Washington Star and read the bad news in a one inch column: "Petition Denied". Kameny's petition for a hearing of his case before the U.S. Supreme Court had been denied. Kameny was fired from his...

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A "Revulsion Letter" for the Supreme Court

(11) Comments | Posted July 26, 2010 | 3:39 PM

Justice Ruth Ginsburg made headlines last week by signaling an evolving view at the Supreme Court about gays and lesbians: we are individuals. This is a very significant event, turning from a largely unknown "landmark policy statement on homosexuals" steeped in animus and some sarcasm, issued more than forty years...

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The Smithsonian Museum Puts Gays In The Vault

(44) Comments | Posted June 25, 2010 | 2:56 PM

A dozen picket signs on old wooden sticks carry the DNA of the gay civil equality movement in America. Forty-five years ago, this month, in 1965, these pickets were held high by men and women considered among the first generation of LGBT activists in front of Lyndon Johnson's White...

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