"Gays, Government, and Surveillance: LGBTQ Washington, 1950s to Today"


A presentation at the Fort Meade US Army Garrison's 2022 LGBTQ Pride Month Observance: All Together--Equality, Unity, Service by RHP director of archiving, Vincent E. Slatt


The presentation covered:
Terms & Pronouns: Gay, Queer, LGBTQ, What’s Next?;
Lavender Scare: Gays as a Security Threat (‘40s-’50s);
The Mattachine Society of Washington DC, 1961;
Protests before Stonewall;
The Gay Blade: America's LGBTQ Newspaper of Record;
The American Psychiatric Association cures all Gays!;
Leonard Matlovich Fights Back!;
'80s, '90s, AIDS and the Marches;
The New Millenium brings New Challenges;
Frank Kameny, OPM, and Federal Benefits;
DADT and DOMA Fall--Fighting for Rights Continues!;
My Story: Vince P. Slatt and Eugeniusz Wojtas;
Conclusion and Invitation for Questions.

Table Of Contents

Sequence of Events for the Pride Observance
Welcome--Ms. Janet M. Kelley, Equal Employment Opportunity Disability Program Manager;
National Anthem--SGM Erica M. Russo, Vocalist, US Army Field Band;
Invocation--CH (MAJ) Robert W. Sterling, Chaplain, Family Life Chaplain;
Presidential Proclamation--SFC Sarah A. Karg, Equal Opportunity Advisor, 704th MI BDE;
Opening Remarks--SFC Joshua N. Hines, Equal Opportunity Advisor, 708th MI BDE;
Video Presentation--"Why is Pride a Parade?" Public Broadcasting Service, 2020
Introduction of Guest Speaker--MSG David A. Walk, Equal Opportunity Advisor, Defense Media Activity;
Guest Speaker--Vincent E. Slatt, director of archiving, Rainbow History Project;
Presentation and Closing Remarks--Command Sergeant Major Andre L. Welch

Access Rights

The event was recorded and live streamed via the Fort Meade Facebook Page; it can be streamed there.


The event included a streaming of PBS' "Origins of Everything with Danielle Bainbridge" 2020 episode titled: "Why is Pride a Parade?" That recording can be viewed from PBS's YouTube page

The presentation slide deck and event flier and brochure are attached to this record.


LGBTQ Pride Month Publicity Flier.pdf
RHP at Ft. Meade Pride 2022.pdf
2022 Pride Month Program 15 June Draft.pdf


“"Gays, Government, and Surveillance: LGBTQ Washington, 1950s to Today",” Rainbow History Project Digital Collections, accessed April 19, 2024, https://archives.rainbowhistory.org/items/show/1685.

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