Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Censoring History: The National Park Service Has Reportedly Reversed a Decision to Edit Gay Images out of a Lincoln Memorial Video. but History May Still Be Altered

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Censoring History: The National Park Service Has Reportedly Reversed a Decision to Edit Gay Images out of a Lincoln Memorial Video. but History May Still Be Altered

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Are the nation's historical records of the gay rights struggle being threatened by political ideology'? It appears that was the case in a tussle over the content of an eight-minute video shown to tourists at the Lincoln Memorial.

Under pressure from far-fight Christian groups and lawmakers, including "Kansas Republican congressman Todd Tiahrt, the National Park Service reportedly decided to cut certain images from the video, including those of the pro-gay Millenium March in Washington in 2000. In response to the ensuing outcry, a spokesman for the park service assured gay rights activists that those images--and those of an abortion fights rally and an antiwar demonstration--would remain in the video. But new images, including a gathering of the Christian group Promise Keepers and a pro-Gulf War demons[mien, would be added to provide a "more balanced" view, he said, even though those events did not take place at the memorial.

The move "raises questions about how the National Park Service is handling its duly as custodians of history," said Jeff Ruth, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the watchdog group that broke the story in late December. "They're supposed to be safeguarding history, not altering it to suit political pressures. …

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