DOJ Pride brown bag, Mattachine Society of DC
Thursday, May 7, 12-1:30pm
RFK 1101, Main Justice’s Andretta Room

Meet the President of the Mattachine Society of D.C., Charles Frances, and the organization’s pro bono counsel, Paul Thompson, Lisa Linsky and Mary Hallerman of McDermott Will and Emery for an engaging and informative discussion concerning the “archive activism” of the Mattachine Society of DC.

The Mattachine Society’s mission is to uncover the often deleted histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans and their treatment by federal and state governments for over 65 years.  The original Mattachine Society of DC was founded by gay civil rights pioneer, Dr. Frank Kameny in 1961.

The Mattachine Society of D.C. is a non-profit, non-partisan research and educational society that conducts original archival research at The National Archives, U.S. Presidential Libraries, the FOIA Library of the FBI, the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and other private and public repositories across the country.

The May 7 program will focus on some of the documents uncovered by the Mattachine Society of D.C. and the McDermott team, and include a discussion of what the media has referred to as, the “Animus Amicus” brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by McDermott on behalf of the Mattachine Society of D.C. in connection with the upcoming marriage cases.

The program presenters will discuss J.Edgar Hoover’s Sex Deviate Program from the 1950s, its impact on LGBT Americans in federal employment, and the trickle-down effect on the states from the federal government’s anti-LGBT policies and practices dating back to the 1940s, all of which laid the groundwork for the state marriage bans now at issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

We will have a Q&A session to provide the audience an opportunity to discuss this important work and its significance to the broader LGBT community.

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