Equality Icon George Harris Still Seeking Peace 60 Years After the Army Kicked Him Out for Being Gay

One afternoon, months ago, George Harris asked me to lunch so he could tell me about how, in February 1956, he was kicked out of the U.S. Army because he was gay. There were no recording devices, no notepads, just a casual but difficult conversation during which he recounted the time he was one of 5,000 gay men and women banished from government service by President Dwight Eisenhower. It was to be our first meeting, the sketch of a road map to the difficult reporting that lie ahead since the transcript of his trial and his personnel file was thought incinerated in a July 1973 warehouse fire. It would also be our last long talk about the subject.   Continue reading...

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