Arrests at GayFest 1777
by Steve Payne
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On June 4th 1777,
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on this day homophobic British police
officers from the Philadelphia "City of Brotherhood" Constabulary stormed
Valley Forge, arresting the principal organizers of GayFest 1777 - George
Washington, Baron Von Steuben and the Marquis de Lafayette.
Before they left the Camp, the police also destroyed the Statue of Liberty
which Lafayette had brought from Europe to serve as a symbol of the
struggle for LGBT rights in the British Empire.
Nevertheless that struggle against discrimination would be continued by
Frederick Gotthold Enslin, John Monhort and the handsome seventeen year
old male assistant the Baron employed as his "secretary".
Because even though homosexual sex between two consenting adults in
private was criminalised by the States, the practice was widespread
particularly amongst the aristocracy. And of course the catalist for the
latest arrests was a police report from
Daniel Shays who had
interrupted Washington and Marquis de Lafayette locked in a passionate
embrace and headed for the mattresses.
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