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Gay History 1966 – WATCH: Disturbing Anti-Gay Grade School Lecture by Head of the Miami Vice Squad: “Don’t be gay or else!”

In a documentary program called “The Homosexual” that aired on WTVJ in Miami in 1966 Florida Detective John Sorenson of the Dade County Sheriff’s Department of Morals and Juvenile Squad terrorizes an auditorium of 8th graders on the dangers of “turning queer.”

Detective Sorenson warned his audience:

There may be some in this auditorium. There may be some here today that will be homosexual in the future. There are a lot of kids here. There may be some girls that will turn lesbian. We don’t know. But it’s serious, don’t kid yourselves about it. They can be anywhere. They can be judges, lawyers; we oughta know we’ve arrested all of them. So if any one of you have let yourself become involved with an adult homosexual or with another boy and you’re doing this on a regular basis you better stop quick because one out of three of you will turn queer. And if we catch you involved with a homosexual, your parents are going to know about it first. And you will be caught; don’t think you won’t be caught. Because this is one thing you cannot get away with. This is one thing if you don’t get caught by us, you’ll be caught by yourself and the rest of your life will be a living hell.”

Sorenson also once, stated “I would rather see any of my children dead than homosexual… and for that reason I feel there is no cure and because of the complete degenerecy of these people. They appear on the surface to be respectable, but they’re the lowest forms of people.”

By now Det. John Sorenson must himself be dead and that is just fine with me.



Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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