The Candlestick Murder
Charleston, South Carolina, News and Courier, November 2, 1958
Jack Dobbins, a 30-year-old Charleston chemical company executive was clubbed to death with a heavy brass candlestick, in his home Halloween night 1958.
Charleston Air Force Base, Airman 3rd Class John Joseph Mahon surrendered “upon having read of Dobbins’ death.” He was charged and held without bail. Facing the death penalty at trial, Mahon’s lawyers used a homosexual-panic defense. Despite the conflicting testimony, Mahon received a not guilty verdict after only eight minutes of jury deliberation.More >
June 29, 1986. Marchers carrying a banner and signs protesting California Proposition 64 — known as the LaRouche Initiative, after political activist Lyndon LaRouche, who proposed it — parade down San Francisco’s Market Street during the 17th annual Freedom Day Parade. The LaRouche Initiative, which was on the Nov. 4, 1986, ballot, proposed that all AIDS patients be quarantined and barred from school and food service jobs. It was rejected.
Photo: Jim Gerberich / The Associated Press
(Source: Washington Post)
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Teacher is a FAG
Anti-Briggs Initiative political poster, 1978
The Briggs Initiative Protest, 1978
The Briggs Initiative sought to ban gays and lesbians from serving as public school teachers in California. It also would have allowed for civil lawsuits against school employees seen to be supporting gay rights.
Photo by Pat Rocco. Courtesy ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
UPDATE: Senate Passes ENDA on Procedural Vote
Memo to the Heritage Foundation: ENDA does not create “special privileges.” It extends employment protections that already exist under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Reality: ENDA addresses a very serious problem with widespread anti-LGBT discrimination in our country.From Think Progress:
Somewhere between 15 and 43 percent of LGBT workers, depending on the survey, have experienced discrimination on the job. Between eight and 17 were fired or missed out on promotions because of their sexual or gender identities. An extraordinary 90 percent of transgender individuals have been harassed at work.
(Source: sugarboxvienna, via endracismandhomophobia)