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Sex & Politics #12: James Kirchick

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Alright students, put your desks in a circle- it’s history lesson time! Dan welcomes James Kirchick, author of Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington to talk about the Lavender Scare, and other horrifying ways gay people have been persecuted in this country.

Fun fact: gay people were banned from working in the federal government or civil service until 1975.

You’ll learn about Frank Kameny- a gay physicist who was the first to sue the government for discrimination after getting fired.

And, who really instigated the Stonewall riots? Their answer may shock you…

You’ll be glad you listened to this conversation.

Guests

James Kirchick