The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. is passionate about the power of history—LGBT political history that has been destroyed, suppressed, or hidden for decades. Since President Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 banning gay and lesbian Americans from government service for “perversion,” you will find our political history in America’s Presidential Libraries under words like “unsuitability,” “subversion,” or “personnel investigations.”
The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. conducts original archival research at libraries across the country to obtain previously classified governmental documents. We use these documents to aggressively educate thought leaders, educators, and the legal community about the government persecution that spans over sixty years.
Courts, lawmakers, educators, and journalists need to see and understand this evidence of government animus to better assess and remedy the many years of discrimination against LGBT Americans. Chief Justice John Roberts referred to our history in his dissent in United States v. Windsor as “snippets of history to tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry.” We are not looking for “snippets.” We are uncovering embedded programs targeting LGBT Americans in every branch of federal and state governments.
Please help us continue our archive activism with your tax-deductible donation. Help us rescue our past to claim our future.