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‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.'

Added 06-28-22 06:34:02am EST - “James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.” - Foreignpolicy.com

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James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.

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In his new book, Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington, journalist and scholar James Kirchick chronicles the often tragic persecution of gay U.S. government officials during World War II and the Cold War, including one of the 20th century’s most influential statesmen: former U.S. Undersecretary of State Sumner Welles.

Kirchick told FP in an interview that the so-called lavender scare of the early Cold War was worse than the Red Scare. “To be a gay person in Washington in the 1950 and ‘60s was like being a dissident in an East bloc dictatorship,” Kirchick said, which only telegraphed weakness to the United States’ adversary: the Soviet Union. “We were behaving in ways that were redolent of the very enemy we were claiming to fight,” said Kirchick, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age.

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