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Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington (Guest: James Kirchick)

September 19, 2022

In Episode 88 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with James Kirchick, author of “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by James Kirchick, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and columnist for Tablet, to discuss his new book, “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington.” Benson and Kirchick discuss how homosexuality came to be seen as potential national security threat, the Lavender Scare, the irresponsible homophobia of Oliver Stone’s film JFK, the tragedy of the closet, and how gay Washingtonians fought a multi-decade fight for civil rights.

Get the book here:  https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627792332/secretcity

Show Notes:

Commentary: Bruce Bawer – “A Capital History”
https://www.commentary.org/articles/bruce-bawer/gay-washington-james-kirchick/
 

New York Times: Alexandra Jacobs – “‘Secret City,’ an Epic Narrative History of the Closet in the Capital”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/books/review-secret-city-history-gay-washington-james-kirchick.html
 

The New Yorker: Michael Waters – “What Made Washington, D.C., the ‘Gayest and Most Antigay City in America’”
https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/what-made-washington-dc-the-gayest-and-most-antigay-city-in-america


Reason: Walter Olson – “Secret City Recounts the Gay History of D.C.”
https://reason.com/2022/06/01/gay-history-in-the-city-of-secrets/


The Spectator World: David J. Garrow – “The rise of gay Washington”
https://spectatorworld.com/book-and-art/queer-streets-secret-city-gay-washington-james-kirchick/


Washington Examiner: River Page – “James Kirchick's history of gay power”
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/james-kirchicks-history-of-gay-power


Washington Free Beacon: Douglas Murray – “Life in a Closeted Capital”
https://freebeacon.com/culture/life-in-a-closeted-capital/

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR