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Gay History – August 1965: Washington Post Reports Federal Workers Can Claim Disability For Being Gay

In July of 1950, Senator Clyde Hoey of North Carolina conducted a full-scale Congressional inquiry into homosexuals in the government. The content of the testimony heard by the committee was ambiguous about the dangers posed by homosexual individuals and provided no instances of homosexuals who had been blackmailed into revealing American secrets; however, as Johnson writes, “The Hoey Committee’s final report, issued in December 1950, ignored this ambiguity and stated emphatically that all of the intelligence agencies of the government that testified ‘are in complete agreement that sex perverts in the Government constitute security risks.’ It asserted that Russian intelligence agents had been given orders to find weaknesses in the private lives of American government workers. And, while acknowledging that other weaknesses might pose as much of a threat, it asserted that such comparisons were beyond the committee’s mandate. Through the Hoey Committee’s final report, the notion that homosexuals threatened national security received the imprimatur of the US Congress and became accepted as official fact.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration further expanded and routinized the hunt for homosexuals in the federal government. His Executive Order 10450, signed in April 1953, affirmed that “[a]n individual would be disqualified for employment for ‘any behavior which suggests the individual is not reliable or trustworthy.’” While proscriptions of “criminal” and “immoral” conduct were already written into civil service policies, and were already in use to bar homosexuals from federal employment, “the inclusion of the more specific reference to ‘sexual perversion’ was unprecedented.” The Executive Order “effectively expanded the security authority originally given to the State Department and a few military agencies at the start of the Cold War to the entire federal government.” Since “security risk” was, as Johnson argues, a term that applied almost exclusively to gay men and lesbians, Executive Order 10450 put even more emphasis on finding and expelling homosexual employees from federal service.

The changes in Civil Service Commission policies and Executive Order 10450 affected millions of American employees, whether or not they were federally employed. Johnson estimates that “as many as five thousand suspected gay or lesbian employees may have lost their jobs with the federal government during the early days of the Cold War.” The use of the term “security risk” to describe firings means that arriving at a precise figure is nearly impossible since, while this term was applied almost exclusively to gay men and lesbians, it also included other types of “undesirable” employees. Many employees preemptively resigned when news reached them about an investigation into their sexuality, and no figures were kept about how many of these apparently voluntary separations resulted from impending charges of homosexuality. Finally, the estimate of five thousand federal employees does not take into account the individuals who were never hired because their pre-employment background checks raised suspicions about their sexuality, or the number of individuals who did not even apply for federal jobs for fear of having their homosexuality discovered.

In 1965. Jerry Kluttz, writing for the Washington Post’s “Federal Diary” column, revealed that more than fifty alcoholic Federal employees, who would have normally been fired, were instead placed on retirement “for physical disability” which Kluttz described as “a more liberal approach to their problems.” He also noted that the program was also available for gay employees because of their “disability”.

At that time the Government policy to fire overt homosexuals remained unchanged under the policy that their conduct tends to discredit the Federal service. Known homosexuals would probably be ousted before the could be retired on either physical or mental disabilities.

Fired employees, Kluttz stated, had the year following their dismissal to file for disability retirement, and “several sex deviates have taken advantage of this provision”.

The civil service had previously ruled “unconventional sex behavior” as willful misconduct, and were thus ineligible for disability retirements under federal law. But with the commission’s new openness to extend disability retirement benefits for those suffering from mental illnesses, gay employees were increasingly falling under that category in accordance with the APA’s classification of homosexuality as a mental illness. But that would change in 1973, when the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The American Psychological Association Council of Representatives followed in 1975. Thereafter other major mental health organizations followed and it was finally declassified by the World Health Organization in 1990.

In 1975 the Civil Service Commission formally reversed its discriminatory hiring policy against gays and lesbians. In 1995, President Clinton issued an executive order forbidding the US government from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation in granting security clearances. Three years later, he banned anti-gay discrimination against all federal civilian employees.

United States Votes ‘No’ on UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for Homosexuality


The United States was one of just 13 countries to vote against a United Nations resolution condemning the death penalty for having gay sex. 

Although the vote passed, America joined countries such as China, Iraq and Saudi Arabia in opposing the move.

The US also supported two failed amendments put forward by Russia, which stated the death penalty was not necessarily “a human rights violation” and that it is not a form of torture, but can lead to it “in some cases”. And it abstained on a “sovereignty amendment” put forward by Saudi Arabia, that stated “the right of all countries to develop their own laws and penalties”.

Despite the opposition, the vote in Geneva passed with 27 of the 47-member Human Rights Council in favor. 

There are currently six countries where the death penalty is used for people in same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria and Somalia. This number rises to eight if the Isis-occupied territories of Iraq and Syria are included. 

Cincinnati, OH Closes Landmark Gay Bookstore Over “Nail Polish Remover”

Cincinnati Closes The Pink Pyramid

The Pink Pyramid, a gay bookstore that has operated in downtown Cincinnati for over 21 years has been closed.

“The City of Cincinnati closed us down!” sign now appears in its empty storefront  window.

“They pushed us out because we are a gay business,” said George Vanover, who owned the business for nearly 25 years with his partner, Gary Allgeier. “Some people have told us they think it’s because of the streetcar and because of development. But I don’t think that. I think they just wanted us gone.”

“This was a concerted effort to get rid of us,” he continues. “And they won. They got rid of us.”

It all began in 2013 when cops made a few undercover visits to the store and they were sold “nail polish remover.”

Problem was the crime lab called what he was selling isobutyl nitrite.

“Poppers” or “rush,” an inhalant used to get a short burst of euphoria and to increase sexual pleasure. The state of Ohio calls it illegal when the chemical is packaged and sold as an inhalant, says Allgeier’s lawyer, Bill Gallagher. But it can be used as a nail polish remover.

Undercover cops busted The Pink Pyramid again in 2014, selling its special brand of “nail polish remover.”. This time, they also got a search warrant and found 634 bottles of the inhalant at the store. They found others, mostly used, during a separate search at Allgeier’s home. The cops said he knew exactly what he was selling.

There were more criminal charges. But this time, the Cincinnati Police department asked the city’s law department to begin additional court proceedings to declare the bookstore a nuisance and to shut it down.

And the cities lawyers did just that.

Cincinnati’s only gay city council member Chris Seelbach weighed:

“They’ve been a fixture in the gay community. A lot of people are upset to see it go,” he said. “But you have to follow the law and not disobey it. That is the number one issue here. They’d still be open today if they had stopped selling illegal products.”

Vanover scoffs, calling the city not nearly as progressive as it likes to make believe it is.


Comcast Donates $1.5M In PSA Airtime To Phily’s Shameless LGBT 50th Anniversary History Re-write Celebration

The Comcast Corporation has donated 1.5 million dollars in Public Service Advertissement time to Philadelphia’s re-write of LGBT history and it’s LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration in Philidelphia over the July 4th Weekend Celebration

Via press release:

Organizers announced today that Comcast Corporation is the lead marketing sponsor of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Comcast is providing $1.5 million worth of airtime to broadcast a 30-second National LGBT 50th Anniversary public service announcement (PSA). “Comcast NBCUniversal is a longstanding supporter of national and regional LGBT organizations. We are grateful to Comcast NBCUniversal for its generous support of the National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. Through Comcast’s support, the 50th Anniversary PSA will be the most broadcast LGBT television PSA in history,” stated Malcolm Lazin, Chair, National LGBT 50th Anniversary Celebration. “The PSA commemorates the launch of the organized LGBT movement at Independence Hall, civil rights progress, and shared American values.” The organized LGBT civil rights movement was launched when activists from New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia staged demonstrations for equality each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. When 40 activists picketed in front of Independence Hall in 1965, it was the largest demonstration for gay equality in world history.

Many in the LGBT community have questioned Philadelphia’s outrageous claim that its Annual Reminders, which were important moments in LGBT history, were actually the beginning of “the organized LGBT civil rights movement” and they have been called out on it numerous times.  But they refuse to stop using it.  The Society for Human Rights was was established in Chicago in 1924.   The Mattachine Society, was founded in 1950 by Harry Hays.  In 1961 Frank Kameny and Jack Nichols, co-founded the Washington, D.C., branch of the Mattachine Society, launched some of the earliest public protests by gays and lesbians including a picket line at the White House on April 17, 1965 almost 3 months BEFORE Philadelphia’s first Reminder.

This is just one of many recent LGBT history re-writes of our history for profit and for certain agendas’ sake. Take for example Sylvia Rivera throwing the “first heel” at Stonewall.  Chad Hunter Griffin from HRC being hailed as the “Rosa Parks” of same-sex marriage and now Philadelphia’s LGBT leaders desperate need for attention and profit by claiming to be the “beginning of the organized LGBT movement” erasing and disrespecting decades of LGBT history and activists before it.

Our history is so precious and delicate.   Philadelphia’s Annual Reminders were an important and integral part of our  LGBT history and were worthy of a stand alone celebration.  But they WERE NOT the beginning of our “organized” movement.


BREAKING: NYPD Identifies Suspect In NYC’s Chelsea BBQ Attack On Gay Couple

gay bashingThe NYPD has identified the suspect involved in an assault on a gay couple in the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea as career criminal  Bayna El-Amin, El-Amin has 18 prior arrests spanning back to 1993, police said. All but two of those incidents took place out of state.

ABC 7 reports:

Detectives have been tracking him for about a week, but have not been able to take him into custody. They will put out his picture later Tuesday.

“I have him identified, we are seeking him now. He’s been identified for about a week. We will see if we can get him in,” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “He is a career criminal. We believe he has fled the state.”

Bayna El-Amin’s Facebook page appears to have been deleted, but Google’s cache for the page shows that he says he works in “Personal Security for Sketchie ENTertainment,” a nightclub promotion company.

Directly after the horrible incident blogger Waddie G of The G-List attempted to use this incident to drive a wedge into the LGBT community by falsely claiming “white privilege” and declaring that the attacker himself was actually gay and was a victim of harassment by the couple that was bashed.

 One of the patrons at the restaurant called me and identified the chair thrower by name.  I looked up the chair tosser’s Facebook profile, and he is allegedly gay, gay, gay and pretty popular in the ballroom scene.  I am not going to snitch the guy out because I am on his side of self-defenseminus the chair tossing and hate the white gay privileged narratives by gay bloggers, blogs and organizations who sensationalized this incident into more than what it was to protect the white gay hot head who wanted to demonize the Black gay men as aggressors over a physical altercation that he provoked when he could have ignored their foul language like I always do when insults are hurled my way.

Police released surveillance video of the suspect on May 7, one day after disturbing video emerged of a brawl inside the restaurant during which Jonathan Snipes was cracked over the head with a wooden chair.


After 38 Years ENDA (The Employment Non-Discrimination Act) Is Stalled In Congress Once Again

According to Rep. Jared Polis, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is once again stalled in Congress as it has been since 1994.  (LGBT History Lesson:  Similar gay and lesbian anti-discrimination  legislation has been introduced without passage since 1974.  (That is almost 39 years folks.)

“I hope to continue to increase the number of sponsors of ENDA in the next session. I am confident we will be able to do that. We still face opposition from Republican leadership, both in the committee and within the wider House, and their opposition makes it very unlikely that we will be able to bring it to the floor even if we’re able to get a majority of members to commit to support it.” – Rep. Jared Polis, confirming that ENDA has little chance of passage in the next Congress.

Perhaps R. Clarke Cooper and his Log Cabin Clubbers and the thoroughly disreputable fake hate crime producing GoProuders might wish to elaborate for the rest of us, why again LGBT people should be voting Republican?

The fact that ENDA struggles at all is completely insane. We are talking about a policy here that frequently polls at 70-80+% of Americans supporting it, and in fact that polls frequently show *most Americans believe to already be law*. This seems like something that could be used as a cudgel to beat the people blocking it with if it could advance enough for anyone to even be aware this is even a debate that’s HAPPENING.

As for Polis.  I realize that there is not much that he can do on the GOP side. (That is where Obama’s bully pulpit would have to come into place if he actually cared to and would learn to use it..)  BUT the fact that not 100 PERCENT of Democrats in the Seanate and in the House are on board for passing ENDA is shameful and the DNC should be exerting pressure and withholding campaign money from those Democrats who aren’t.


MSNBC & CNN Political Pundit And FRC Hate Group President Tony Perkins Attacks Lesbian Den Mother

The past few days we’ve real a lot about Jennifer Tyrrell, the Ohio lesbian mother who was ousted as a den leader from her son’s Tiger Scouts chapter because of the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay stand.  (Well at least in the LGBT Media)

Tony Perkins who is a GOP political pundit for MSNBC and also CNN and also President of the SLPC officially designated hate group the Family Research Center has also written about Tryell’s problem with the Boy Scouts. One in which they bash Tyrrell for not only being a lesbian but also for abusing her son for putting him in such a position.

The Boy Scouts have been bad-mouthed by celebrities, dropped from sponsorships, evicted from property, and hauled into court–yet not once have they wavered from their mission to build character in America’s sons. Unlike corporate America, the Scouts don’t cave when critics come calling. Even when those critics are Ohio moms who use their sexuality to harass the organization for its standards. Unfortunately for Jennifer Tyrrell, the biggest victims of her advocacy are her own sons, who have suffered the embarrassment and humiliation of their mothers’ national campaign against the Scouts’ membership criteria. Before she became a Den mother, Jennifer knew the Scouts’ policy on homosexuality–but she signed up anyway. When parents complained about her involvement, the state chapter asked Jennifer to step aside. Now, the Tyrrell family is on a nationwide tour to “get her pack back.” And the Left has been all too willing to help. From talk shows to award shows, the Tyrrells have used their new platform to paint the Boy Scouts as hate-filled intolerants. The organization is used to the abuse. Seven-year-old Cruz Tyrrell is not. But sadly, he’s the one being exploited to advance an agenda that, in light of the Constitution, is irrelevant. Under the freedom of association, the Tyrrells are more than welcome to form their own group of Diversity Scouts and set their own membership criteria for leaders. What they are not entitled to do is force the Boy Scouts to bend to their ideas of what that membership criteria should be.

Ah, the Boy Scouts of America.  Marching forward into the 19th century  And the Family Research Council marching backward to the 17th Century.

I hope that MSNBC and CNN are well pleased with themselves that they use the President of such a despicable and well documented hate group that would attack a woman and her children on its news programs.

MSNBC and CNN should be ashamed.