Replay: Virtual Event with Eric Cervini, author of ‘The Deviant’s War’

Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting PhD. in History and author, Eric Cervini, on Crowdcast to celebrate the publication of his new release, The Deviant’s War—the untold story of a revolution for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall. Cervini discussed his personal history of activism, writing this book, and answered several audience questions. You can replay this showcase HERE.

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Eric Cervini (Center), with Lynn Cervini (Left) and friends, Hilda & Ivan (Right)

The Deviant’s War is available for purchase from BookPeople online today.

9780374139797_abe59About The Deviant’s War

In 1957, Frank Kameny, an astronomer working for the US Defense Department in Hawaii, received a summons to report immediately to Washington, D.C. The Pentagon had reason to believe he was a homosexual, and after a series of humiliating interviews, Kameny—like countless gay men and women for before him—was promptly dismissed from his government job. Unlike many others, though, he fought back.

Eric Cervini tells the story of what followed in this pathbreaking history of an early champion of gay liberation. Based on firsthand accounts, recently declassified FBI records, and forty thousand personal documents, The Deviant’s War is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual crossroads, of shocking, byzantine public battles with Congress, of FBI informants, murder, betrayal, sex, love—and ultimately victory.

About the Author

Eric Cervini is an award-winning historian of LGBTQ+ history. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar. The Deviant’s War is his first book.

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