Advertisement for the Report 'Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida,' ca. 1964

Advertisement for the Report 'Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida,' ca. 1964

Source

State Archives of Florida: Series 1486, Box 19, Folder 29

Description

An advertisement for the report "Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida" (The Purple Pamphlet) that was completed by the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, also know as the Johns Committee.

Date

ca. 1964

Creator

Guild Book Service

Format

Advertisements

Coverage

Modern Florida (1950-1990)

General Note

The Johns Committee was formed in 1956 during the Lavender Scare, when anti-homosexual campaigns led to investigations and mass firings of gay people. The committee published the report 'Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida' in January 1964, which was meant to disparage homosexuals and warn the public against homosexual activity. Two-thousand copies of the report were published, but only 300 were distributed. The booklet contained pornographic images and a glossary of terms used in the gay community. Due to its explicit content, there was a backlash against the booklet in the community and the committee was subsequently disbanded.