The Deviant’s War: The Homosexual vs. The United States of America

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Eric Cervini’s “Deviant’s War” gives us our history back—the pre-Stonewall LGBT American history too long fragmented and forgotten, deleted, indeed erased. This is why we are so excited to support Dr. Eric Cervini’s groundbreaking history of this all-out fight for civil equality. According to Cervini, that struggle was largely led by “the grandfather” of the movement Dr. Franklin E. Kameny (1925-2011), the founder of our legacy organization The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. Senator Tammy Baldwin said, “should be on the reading list for everyone who cares about the quest for full civil rights for all Americans”. If you were born after 2000, consider this essential reading for your Q-code.

Click here to visit our new feature, The Deviant’s Trove, a collection of original, eye-popping documents we have discovered through our nine-year partnership with the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. We have organized these documents in sync with each chapter of “The Deviant’s War” so that as you read, you may experience a sampling of the animus-drenched documentary evidence of the Federal government’s assault of LGBT Americans. For even more documents and a deeper dive, visit The Deviant’s Archive.


Dr. Eric Cervini (left) interviews Zona Hostetler, a volunteer attorney in 1963 for the National Capital Area Civil Liberties Union (NCACLU) who defended Frank Kameny and the original Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. before Texas Congressman John Dowdy and the House Committee on the District of Columbia. Photo credit: Charles Francis.