The Purple Pamphlet

Cover of purple pamphlet

After nine years of work, the Johns Committee issued a report on homosexuality in Florida in 1964. The report would become known as the purple pamphlet because of it's purple color (photo at right).

More than two thousand books were printed at a cost of $720. The first thousand were sent to legislators, newspapers, and other state officials. Soon after, the pamplet allegedly was sold as pornographic literature on the streets of New York city. When lawmakers realized the purple pamphlet was viewed as "state sponsored pornography," they halted further publication and denied funding to the Johns Committee for the next legislative session.

Glossary of Homosexual Terms and Deviate Acts

The following is a condensed glossary that appeared in the report. All terms are taken directly from the original text.

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Homosexuality and Citizenship in Florida

The following is original text taken from the Johns Committee's official report published in 1964.

"Homosexuality is, and for too long has been, a skeleton in the closet of society. This committee claims no corner on understanding the history or prognosis of homosexuality. It is, however, convinced that many facets of homosexual practice as it exists in Florida today pose a threat to the health and moral well-being of a sizable portion of our population, particularly our youth.

The best and current estimate of active homosexuals in Florida is 60,000 individuals. The plain fact of the matter is that a great many homosexuals have an insatiable appetite for sexual activities and find special gratification in the recruitment to their ranks of youth. The homosexual's goal is to 'bring over' the young person, to hook him for homosexuality.

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A veteran investigator of homosexual activities summed up the feelings of many who have studied the problem of homosexuality in Florida, when he said, 'We must do everything in our power to create one thing in the minds of every homosexual and that is to keep their hands off our children. I don't think that this is asking too much of us -- too much of every parent, for if we don't act soon we will wake up some morning and find they are too big too fight. They may be already. I hope not.'

We hope that many citizen organizations in Florida will use this report as a jumping off point for a serious and meaningful consideration of the problem of homosexuality and as a source of information with which to prepare their children to meet the temptations of homosexuality lurking today in the vicinity of nearly every institution of learning."

Copyright 1999 by Allyson A. Beutke
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