Secret city : the hidden history of gay Washington / James Kirchick.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "For decades, the specter of homosexuality haunted Washington. The mere suggestion that a person might be gay destroyed reputations, ended careers, and ruined lives. At the height of the Cold War, fear of homosexuality became intertwined with the growing threat of international communism, leading to a purge of gay men and lesbians from the federal government. In the fevered atmosphere of political Washington, the secret "too loathsome to mention" paradoxically held enormous, terrifying power"--Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Dramatis personae -- Introduction: Comrades -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt. "No comment" -- "Worse than a murderer" -- Senator X -- Patriotic homosexuals -- "The greatest national scandal since the existence of the United States" -- Harry Truman. The concealed enemy -- "This moral leper" -- Lavender lists -- "A government within a government" -- The homintern -- Dwight Eisenhower. "No more Bohlens!" -- The heterosexual dictatorship -- Pixies on the Potomac -- "We accuse..." -- The hunted -- John F. Kennedy. First friends -- The group of the intrepid -- "That old black fairy" - Lyndon B. Johnson. A long way from Arp -- "A quite serious situation" -- "Gone and forgotten" -- The Fruit Loop -- Scandal in Sacramento -- The thrill of treason -- Richard Nixon. "Destroy your opponent" -- Fags -- "We are impatient" -- The city of conversation -- Gerald Ford. The ultimate democracy -- "Too good an opportunity" -- Jimmy Carter. Out of the closets, into the White House -- Code breakers -- Ronald Reagan. "The homosexual thing" -- The Manchurian Candidate -- An enclosed and enchanted garden -- Sodom-on-the-Potomac -- "I don't have it, do you?" -- "Them" is "us" -- "Our Sebastian" -- Mr. Green -- The wonderful, the creative, and the brave -- George H.W. Bush. Naming names -- Bill Clinton. A profoundly important strength -- Conclusion: The gay century.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (pages 664-802) and index.
      Adult Follett Library Resources.
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