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Florida Legislature Once Published Anti-Gay Pamphlet Full of Softcore Porn

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Florida Legislature Once Published Anti-Gay Pamphlet Full of Softcore Porn

June is officially LGBT Pride Month in America, but Miami-Dade’s only local celebration — Miami Beach’s gay pride party — is held in April. So instead of showing you footage of parades or slide shows of revelers, we decided to take the opportunity to look back at one of the gayest things ever produced by the Florida state government — which conversely was also one of the most homophobic things ever published by the Florida government.

How gay? Well, this was the title page of the officially published state document:

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The pamphlet, dubbed the “Purple Pamphlet” for its lavender-hued front cover, was the work of the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee. The committee was the brainchild of Charley Eugene Johns, a former governor who had taken office only after the death of his predecessor and was then promptly kicked out by voters and forced to return to the legislature. Because hunting for commies was all the rage in the late 1950s, Johns and his committee tried to do just that.

They searched everywhere — the NAACP, the historically black college Florida A&M University, anti-Castro groups, pro-Castro groups — OK, not everywhere, but you get the picture.

Turns out the committee wasn’t very good at rooting out communists in Florida, so in the ’60s, it turned its sights on homosexuals. As people are now generally aware, homosexuals, unlike organized communists, have existed everywhere throughout human history, so the committee was much more successful at finding them in the Sunshine State.

The committee first went searching Florida’s schools, causing the firing of 39 professors and deans from Florida universities for suspected homosexuality and the revoking of the licenses of 71 public schoolteachers. Several students were also expelled for being homosexual.

Emboldened, the committee members then took a look at homosexuality in Florida outside the world of academics — and, boy, did they find some things that excited them. The result of their work was the so-called Purple Pamphlet, whose introduction stresses that the document may be of use to “every individual concerned with the moral climate of the state.”

Take a look at page 6 of the pamphlet!

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“Homosexuality is, and far too long has been, a skeleton in the closet of society,” the pamphlet begins, and then it’s just a bunch of homophobic garbage from there on.

But in between the anti-gay rants is a liberal sprinkling of softcore gay photos. How about some more of those pics?

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There are more photos in the pamphlet, but they include images of little boys, so we won’t reproduce them here.

Aside from the photos, of particular note is the pamphlet’s extensive glossary, which painstakingly details gay slang. Some of the words are still in use today, and some are decidedly not.

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What came first, the chicken or the twink?

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It turns out the printing of this pamphlet did not go over too well. Some critics called it state-sponsored pornography, and fellow legislators voted to cut all funding for the committee in the next session.

Naturally, the pamphlet has gone on to achieve cult status in Florida.
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Charlie Glickman, Part 2 — Podcast #118 — 04/29/09

Hey sex fans,

We’re back with my guest, the renowned sex educator, Dr. Charlie Glickman. This is img_3397Part 2 our chat in this podcast series called Sex EDGE-U-cation.   As you know, this series is all about the world of fetish sex, kink and alternative sexual lifestyles.

If you somehow missed Part 1 of our conversation, look for last week’s podcast, #116 on the PODCAST PAGE.  There’s a tab at the top of this page.  Or simply use the search function to your right.  Type in podcast #116; don’t forget to include the # sign.

As you probably remember from last week, Charlie is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations.

Charley is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations.  He runs their in-store, their After Hours Workshop Program and trains their Sex Educator-Sales Associates.  He also has his very own Blog, don’t cha know.

Charlie and I discuss:

  • Training Good Vibration Sex Educator-Sales Associates.
  • Good Vibrations University.
  • Good Vibrations’ After Hours Workshop Program.
  • Good Vibrations’ Off Site Sex Education Program.
  • His private practice.
  • How to search for sex-positive and kink-positive healing and helping professionals.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

DON’T BE SHY, LET IT FLY!

Look for my podcasts on iTunes.  You’ll find me in the podcast section, obviously. Just search for Dr Dick Sex Advice. And don’t forget to subscribe.  I wouldn’t want you to miss even one episode.

Check out The Lick-A-Dee-Split Connection. That’s Dr Dick’s toll free podcast voicemail HOTLINE. Don’t worry people; no one will personally answer the phone. Your message goes directly to voicemail.

Got a question or a comment? Wanna rant or rave? Or maybe you’d just like to talk dirty for a minute or two. Why not get it off your chest! Give Dr Dick a call at (866) 422-5680.

Today’s podcast is bought to you by: DR DICK’S HOW TO VIDEO LIBRARY.

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Sex EDGE-U-cation with Charlie Glickman — Podcast #116 — 04/22/09

Hey sex fans,

Today, I have yet another installment in my series of interviews called Sex EDGE-U-cation.   As you know, this series takes a look at the world of fetish sex, kink and cglickmansmalternative lifestyles. We are chatting with prominent educators, practitioners and advocates of unconventional sexual expressions and lifestyles from all over the world.

And speaking of educators, today my guest is the renowned sex instructor, Dr. Charlie Glickman.

Charlie is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations.  He runs their in-store After Hours Workshop Program, their Off-Site Sex Education Program and trains their Sex Educator-Sales Associates.  He also has his very own Blog, don’t cha know.  Be sure to check out all the above links; I know you’ll be impressed.

Charlie and I discuss:

  • The contextual pieces of sex education.
  • Alternative sexuality v. what is “normal”.
  • The learning edge.
  • Kink coming out of the cultural closet.
  • How to own, integrate and then share your kink with others.

BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

Check out The Lick-A-Dee-Split Connection. That’s Dr Dick’s toll free podcast voicemail HOTLINE. Don’t worry people; no one will personally answer the phone. Your message goes directly to voicemail.

Got a question or a comment? Wanna rant or rave? Or maybe you’d just like to talk dirty for a minute or two. Why not get it off your chest! Give Dr Dick a call at (866) 422-5680.

DON’T BE SHY, LET IT FLY!

Look for my podcasts on iTunes.  You’ll find me in the podcast section, obviously. Just search for Dr Dick Sex Advice. And don’t forget to subscribe.  I wouldn’t want you to miss even one episode.

Today’s podcast is bought to you by: Dr Dick’s Stockroom.

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