America’s Promise of Reconciliation and Redemption: The Need for an Official Acknowledgment and Apology for the Historic Government Assault on LGBT Federal Employees and Military Personnel

Do you want to remember or forget?

A Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. and McDermott Will & Emery white paper calls for the U.S. Government to acknowledge and apologize for the “federal assault” on LGBT Americans over seven decades. 

“The time has come,” the Mattachine/McDermott Will & Emery paper begins, “for the U.S. Government to acknowledge and apologize for its mistreatment of LGBT Americans.”

For full press release click here.


Immoral, infamous, scandalous, and notoriously disgraceful conduct,” an image of a 1971 Letter of Termination to Charles W. Baker from the U.S. Civil Service Commission, Bureau of Personnel Investigations, signed “Sincerely yours, Stanley N. Taylor, Chief, Division of Adjudication and Appraisal,” overlaid on Mattachine’s new White Paper.

Click here to read the White Paper in full.