The Daily Agenda for Friday, August 19

Jim Burroway

August 19th, 2011


AIDS Walk This Weekend: Reno, NV.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Allentown, PA; Brooklyn (Bedford Stuyvesant), NY; Copenhagen, Denmark; Derby, UK; Doncaster, UK; Edgewater, MD; Galway, Ireland; Lafayette, IN; London, UK (Black Pride); Madison, WI; Mocton, NB; Reno, NV and San Jose, CA.

Also This Weekend: Ascension Beach Party, Fire Island, NY; FilmOut San Diego, CA and Munich Streetfest, Germany.

Frank Kameny Throws Down The Gauntlet:
1969. Benning Wentworth was an electronics technician for a private research contractor for the U.S. Air Force. In the spring of 1966, he was accused of homosexuality, and his eleven-year security clearance was revoked. Frank Kameny, who himself had been fired by the Army Map Service in 1957 because of his homosexuality, worked as Wentworth’s counsel in an appeal before the Industrial Security Clearance Review Office in the Department of Defense. The Pentagon justified its blanket denial of security clearances to gay people by claiming gays were subject to blackmail. Kameny pointed out the obvious flaw in that logic: Wentworth was out — he even appeared in a press conference about his hearing — and it’s impossible to blackmail someone over their homosexuality if the whole world knows about it. In his opening remarks, Kameny described a different unnamed person, known only as OSD 66-44, who was allowed to keep his clearance as long as he spent the rest of his life in the closet and pretended to be straight. But for Wentworth and others, that was no longer an option. Kameny declared:

The Department got its satisfaction out of OSD 66-44, whoever he may be. We hope he sleeps soundly these days, poor man.  OSD 66-44 may have compromised.  He may have knuckled under.  He may have crawled.  He may have groveled.  He may have submitted to Departmental blackmail of the most contemptible kind.

We will not.  We stand our ground.

We throw down the gauntlet, clearly, unequivocally and unambiguously.

We state for the world, as we have stated for the public, we state for the record and, if the Department forces us to carry the case that far, we state for the courts that Mr. Wentworth, being a healthy, unmarried, homosexual male, 35 years old, has lived, and does live a suitable homosexual life, in parallel with the suitable active heterosexual sexual life lived by 75 percent of our healthy, unmarried, heterosexual males holding security clearances; and he intends to continue to do so indefinitely into the future.  And please underline starting with the word “and intends to do so into the future”.  Underline that, please, Mr. Stenographer.

Kameny Way: Frank Kameny (left) with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Councilman Jack Evans

Kameny lost that case, but his commitment to the gay rights struggle was unwavering. He continued to dog the federal government over its active discrimination against gay people until, over the next several decades the barriers fell one by one. But it wouldn’t be until President Clinton signed Executive order 12968 in 1995 that homosexuality would be formally removed as a reason for denying a security clearance (must governmental agencies had dropped the ban informally by then). Today, Kameny’s papers are a part of the Kameny Archives of the Library of Congress. Kameny is now 86 years old and makes his home in Washington, D.C. Because of his historic activism, his home is listed as a D.C. Historic Landmark by the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board, and 17th Street between P and R streets, N.W., has been designated as “Frank Kameny Way.” You can read Kameny’s entire opening statement in the Wentworth case here,

Anti-gay Extremist Hired As Congressional Adviser: 1985. This Associated Press Report appeared in newspapers nationwide:

A Psychologist who believes homosexuals should be quarantined has been hired as an expert on AIDS by a congressman who sits on the House subcommittee overseeing research on the disease, a newspaper reported Sunday. Paul Cameron of Lincoln, Neb., was hired for a $2,000, one-month tenure to advise Rep. William Dannemeyer, R-Calif., on homosexuality and acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the Register of Orange County reported. Cameron, who says the quarantine should be ordered to stop the spread of disease, has linked homosexuality to criminal behavior, including mass murder and child molestation. Dannemeyer, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health and environment, said he trust Camerin as an adviser even though the psychologist has been expelled from the American Psychological Association and repudiated by the Nebraska Psychological Association.

Not only was Cameron kicked out of the APA and censured by the NPA, he was also denounced by several other professional organizations for gross and unethical misrepresentations of legitimate scientific research. Cameron would go on to say that medical extermination of people with AIDS might be a legitimate consideration, and in 1999 he wrote admiringly of how the Nazi’s “dealt with” homosexuality. Dannemeyer’s record on LGBT issues was little better. In 1986, Dannemeyer was the only prominent politician to support Lyndon LaRouche’s Proposition 64 in California, which would have labeled AIDS a disease subject to quarantine. In 1989, Dannemeyer read into the Congressional Record Cameron’s graphic description of gay sex, “The Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do.” Dannemeyer left the House in 1992 to try to run for the Senate seat for California, but he lost in the primary.

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Timothy (TRiG)

August 19th, 2011

That’s an inspiring story.



August 19th, 2011

Yeah, how do you blackmail someone who is not in the closet? There is no logic in that situation. But of course he got the boot ………… of course, at that time being homosexual was mental disorder that was supposed to be fixed.


August 19th, 2011

Dannemeyer is certainly a piece of work. It should be no surprise that he remains a strident social con, as can be seen at his website

Here’s a brief tour:

1. He is stuck living in his glory days one could say, which is evident by addressing himself as “Former Congressman…” and “William E. Dannemeyer, U.S. Congressman, 1979-1992”, etc.

2. It should be no surprise that he and his wife Lorraine have all sorts of paranoid delusions about Jews, including that our Hebraic overlords secretly run everything. Woe is us, those dastardly Jooooos were also successful in passing legislation that makes it legal for the government to “legally kill Christians“. This explains the reinstatement of lion’s dens and other nefarious killing regimes that have been put in place over the past few years as the streets have run red with the blood of the Christian martyrs. Or something like that…

3. Oddly enough Dannemeyer champions the innocence of Scott Peterson and believes that he was wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife Laci.

4. Liberals convinced that the Bush campaign stole the 2000 & possibly 2004 elections thanks to Diebold will be interested to know that they have an ally on the extreme right. Well, sort of…

5. Apparently even the very conservative Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod wasn’t Christian enough for Mr. Dannemeyer. Sorry, “Former Congressman Dannemeyer”. Or should that be “Mr. Dannemeyer, U.S. Congressman 1978-1992”? Whatever. Interestingly enough though, he holds to the Jewish Sabbath and believes in a form of universal salvation.

I almost feel sorry for the man in some ways…

Timothy Kincaid

August 23rd, 2011

Oh how I remember the Dannemeyer / Dornan days.

Poor Bill, he lost his ’94 Senate bid in the primary to Michael Huffington, a closeted bisexual man who came out a few years after (and who was, at the time, married to Arriana Huffington).

Timothy Kincaid

August 23rd, 2011


thanks for the update. He’s certainly a piece of work. (OH NOES!!! Not the Jooooos!!)

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