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Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays

October 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm EDT

Join us for a special documentary screening of “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays” on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the Conference Rooms.

“Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays” is reported and narrated by Yahoo chief investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff. It explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political past, when gays and lesbians were barred from working for the federal government and the FBI, through its “sex deviates” program, secretly collected hundreds of thousands of files on the sex lives of American citizens.

“Uniquely Nasty” includes never-before-seen government memos by legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover (read by George Takei) and John Steele, a top lawyer for the U.S. Civil Service Commission (read by Matt Bomer) asserting that gays were “not suitable” for federal employment.

Following the screening, a distinguished panel will react to the film and some of its disclosures, including significant new information about the Cold War-era anti-gay blackmail plot that led to the suicide of Sen. Lester Hunt. The panels will also discuss why the subject it explores are relevant to current issues of importance to LGBT Americans, including opportunities for running for elective office.

Moderator: Marilyn Geewax, NPR senior business editor and member of the National Press Club’s Board of Governors


Michael Isikoff, Yahoo chief investigative correspondent

Charles Francis, president, Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C.

Paul M. Thompson, partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Jaan Williams, director of domestic programs, Victory Fund and Institute.

This event is sponsored by the Events committee. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Registration is required.

For More Information On This Event, Contact:

Ruth Mohamed


October 7, 2015
6:30 pm


District Bears


The National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 United States
(202) 662-7500