National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives to Host -Uniquely Nasty and the Pursuit of Equality- Film and Panel Discussion

Press Release: June 1, 2016

National Archives to Host Uniquely Nasty and the Pursuit of Equality Film and Panel Discussion

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

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will screen the documentary film Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays. It will be followed by a panel discussion with equality policy advocates. A free light reception will precede the film at 6:00 p.m.

Uniquely Nasty explores a dark and little-known chapter of America’s recent political past, when gays and lesbians were barred from working for the U.S. federal government. Through its “sex deviates” program, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) secretly collected hundreds of thousands of files on the sex lives of American citizens. The film includes never-before-seen government memos from FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and John Steele, a top lawyer for the U.S. Civil Service Commission asserting that gays were “not suitable” for federal employment. Uniquely Nasty is a Yahoo News documentary film produced by Michael Isikoff and Alan Springer.

Following the screening of the film a panel discussion will be moderated by Christopher Leitch, with Kristi Smith Wyatt of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and Kendall Seal, an attorney in Kansas City and board member of Promoting Equality for All Missourians (PROMO).

Reservations are requested for this free film program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

This program presented in partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America at the University of Missouri – Kansas City; the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; and Promoting Equality for All Missourians (PROMO).

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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