The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. (MSDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational society that conducts original archival research at The National Archives, U.S. presidential libraries, the Library of Congress, the FOIA Library of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, and other private and public repositories across the country.1
The mission of the MSDC is to uncover the often deleted political histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans who faced persecution and discrimination at the hands of federal and state governments for over sixty-five years. The MSDC is dedicated to achieving full civil equality for LGBT Americans.
The original MSDC was founded in 1961 by gay civil rights pioneer, Dr. Franklin E. Kameny. It was the first gay civil rights organization in Washington, D.C. Today, MSDC is proud to continue this work at the direction of its officers, Charles Francis and Pate Felts, in collaboration with its pro bono legal counsel, the international law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.
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1 Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37.3, amicus curiæ certifies that counsel of record of all parties consented to the filing of this brief. Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 37.6, amicus curiæ affirms that no counsel for a party authored this brief in whole or in part and that no person other than amicus and its counsel made a monetary contribution to its preparation or submission.