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The Daily Agenda for Wednesday, April 18

Jim Burroway

April 18th, 2012

TODAY’S AGENDA:
Soulforce Equality Ride: Denver, CO. The Soulforce Equality Riders are spending this week in Colorado. Today looks like it will be more of a fun day, with a meet and mingle during Happy Hour at the Denver Hamburger Mary’s, located at 700 E. 17th Ave., from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Beaumaris, Wales, UKMobile, AL; Phoenix, AZPotsdam, Germany and Tallahassee, FL.

Other Celebrations This Weekend: Sunshine Stampede Rodeo, Davie, FL.

AIDS Walks This Weekend: Binghamton, NY and Miami, FL.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
GOP Chairman Warns of “Perverts Who Have Infiltrated Our Government”: 1950. The Red- and Lavendar-Scare of Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) received a boost today when Guy George Gabrielson, Republican National Chairman, issued a letter addressed to about 7,000 party workers. Under the title “This is the News from Washington,” Gabrielson wrote:

Perhaps as dangerous as the actual Communists are the sexual perverts who have infiltrated our Government in recent years. The State Department has confessed that it has had to fire ninety-one of these. (see Feb 28) It is the talk of Washington and of the Washington correspondents corps.

American sensibilities were extremely delicate in 1950, particularly on a subject as contentious as homosexuality. In many respects, it was still the “love that dares not speak its name.” Newspaper editors were reluctant to actually use the word “homosexual,” preferring instead to dance around the subject wherever possible. (The use of the word “pervert,” on the other hand, was totally acceptable and routine.) Gabrielson expressed his frustration over editors’ concerns over their readers delicate sensibilities:

The country would be more aroused over this tragic angle of the situation if it were not for the difficulties of the newspapers and radio commentators in adequately presenting the facts, while respecting the decency of their American audiences.

If you know of something that belongs on the agenda, please send it here. Don’t forget to include the basics: who, what, when, where, and URL (if available).

And feel free to consider this your open thread for the day. What’s happening in your world?

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