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This press release was created to inform the public of DC about the formation of the Council on Religion and the Homosexual. This document shows just how many things that the Mattachine Society was involved in

Frank Kameny was the founder, and the origin of the shockwave that began the LGBT Rights Activism movement in Washington D.C. He was also the founder of the Mattachine Society

Department of State Letter 1960 pg1.jpg
This letter from the State Department to Frank Kameny clearly states that homosexuals were not seen as qualified to be employed by the government, because they were "threats to national security", and generally treated as second class citizens.

This is a photo of Lige Clark was a civilian who worked in the Office of the Army chief of staff, protesting The White House for LGBT Rights. Clarke and other picketers wore sunglasses to mask their identity.

President Eisenhower signed Executive Order 10450 in order to make sexual orientation a legal grounds for dismissal from the US government job sector, on the basis of "keeping up good moral character and conduct". This document shows that the…

After being fired from his US Government job in 1957 for being gay, Kameny appealed his case to the court system. He lost in the judicial system twice, and appealed his case to the Supreme Court with a carefully written, unapologetic, 64 page writ of…

MSW announcement .pdf
This news release from the MSW came out in 1962 on August 8th when the organization was first developing and embarking on its mission to help LGBT people in the DC area. This document essentially announces the formation of the organization, along…

This questionnaire was issued and created by the Mattachine Society in order to gather information about blackmailing procedures, and how they related to the safety of LGBT people in their jobs and in their daily lives

When the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C. was established in 1961, the organization drafted a constitution about how things were to be run. This document outlines everything about the Mattachine Society from the purpose of the organization, to…

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This newspaper clipping talks about the trial of Benning Wenworth against the United States Federal Government that was fought after Wenworth last his security clearance as a government employee after he went public with his homosexual identity. The…
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