National Archives at Kansas City

Douglas M. Charles to Discuss -Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program- at the National Archives

Press Release: October 1, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Douglas M. Charles to Discuss Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program at the National Archives

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host author Douglas M. Charles for a discussion of his new book Hoover’s War on Gays: Exposing the FBI’s “Sex Deviates” Program. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

At the FBI, the “Sex Deviates” program covered a lot of ground, literally; at its peak, Director J. Edgar Hoover’s notorious “Sex Deviates” file encompassed more than 330,000 pages of information. In 1977–1978 these files were destroyed - and it would seem that four decades of the FBI’s dirty secrets went up in smoke. But in a remarkable feat of investigative research, synthesis, and scholarly detective work, Doug Charles manages to fill in the yawning gaps in our understanding of the bureau’s - and Hoover’s own - systematic (some would say obsessive) interest in the lives of gay and lesbian Americans in the twentieth century. His book, Hoover’s War on Gays, is the first to fully expose the extraordinary invasion of U.S. citizens’ privacy perpetrated on a massive scale by the FBI, an institution tasked with protecting Americans’ civil rights.

This program is presented in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America and the Truman Center at the University of Missouri – Kansas City; Harry S. Truman Presidential Library; and the University Press of Kansas.

Copies of Hoover's War on Gays will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Author

Douglas M. Charles is associate professor of history at Penn State University Greater Allegheny. He is the author of J. Edgar Hoover and the Anti-Interventionists: FBI Political Surveillance and the Rise of the Domestic Security State, 1939–1945 and The FBIs Obscene File: J. Edgar Hoover and the Bureaus Crusade against Smut.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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