OCTOBER 21 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 42 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
A reporter’s 35-year journey chronicling thenation’s preeminent gay activist
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
I met Frank Kameny for the ﬁrst time in the summerof 1974 at a meeting in Washington of the Gay ActivistsAlliance, now the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance.At 24 years old, I had just landed my ﬁrst job as areporter covering the energy and environment beat fora company that published newsletters specializing inreporting on government regulations.With an undergraduate degree in political scienceand a year’s worth of graduate studies in journalismunder my belt, I walked into that GAA meeting at D.C.’sQuaker Meeting House near Dupont Circle knowingnext to nothing about gay rights, gay politics or thegay community.In the process we know as coming out, I had cometo terms with myself as a gay man just months earlier.So with that as a backdrop, I listened intently to themain topic of the meeting — reports of arrests of gaymen at cruising areas by undercover ofﬁcers assignedto the D.C. police vice squad.Most of the arrests were not linked to sex in publicplaces, one of the members reported. The men, whomthe GAA member described as consenting adults,were merely seeking to meet one another for a sexualtryst or perhaps a lasting friendship that was to takeplace in the privacy of their homes, not in the publicareas where they met.But in an action I learned later was a routine practicethroughout the country at that time, the undercoverofﬁcers reportedly posed as willing participants andenticed the gay men into “soliciting” them to engagein sodomy, which was a criminal offense that led toan arrest. In some cases the undercover ofﬁcers usedbody language suggesting they were inviting the mento touch them in a sexually suggestive way.If the men took the bait and touched the ofﬁcers,they were charged with committing a lewd act, adevelopment that could ruin their careers, especially if they worked for the government.After listening to these reports, a man appearingin his late 40s or early 50s with a booming voice andan obvious thorough knowledge of the issue athand mapped out a strategy for GAA’s and the gaycommunity’s response: The entrapment arrests of gay men would be portrayed as an “utter” waste of taxpayer’s money and police resources at a time when
New GOP frontrunner attackedfrom left and right over marriage
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The new GOP presidential frontrunner continuesto make headlines on LGBT issues as both pro-LGBTadvocates and anti-gay forces express concerns abouthis candidacy.Hermain Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, saidSunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” thathe wouldn’t push for a U.S. constitutional amendmentbanning same-sex marriage if he were electedpresident.“I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same sexmarriage, but I am pro-traditional marriage,” Cain said.Pressed by host David Gregory on whether states
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Covering Frank Kameny
KAMENY FUNERAL PLANS COMING TOGETHER.PAGE 6OPM’S JOHN BERRY ON KAMENY’S LEGACY.PAGE 18CHARLES FRANCIS ON KAMENY’S ‘STORYBOOK ENDING.’PAGE 19KAMENY IN CONTEXT: HOW WILL HE BE REMEMBERED?PAGE 23FRANK KAMENY
served as a colorful, reliable source for theBlade and other news outlets during his decades of activism.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Republican accusesDemocratic incumbentof anti-gay campaigntactics in ugly Va. race.
‘I wouldn’t seek a constitutional ban for same sex marriage,but I am pro-traditional marriage,’
told NBC’s‘Meet the Press.’
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Tuesday’s 25th annualHigh Heel Race featuresBlade-sponsoredFood Truck Rally.