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Published on May 22, 2011
A commencement speech dedicated to the gay youth who didn't make it and all those who will. Joel Engardio tells the story of gays at Harvard, where graduation week falls on the anniversary of a gay purge.
Learn more about Harvard's gay purge by reading "Harvard's Secret Court" by William Wright. Or see "Perkins 28: Testimony from the Secret Court Files of 1920," a film by Michael Van Devere. The story has also been adapted as the off-Broadway play "Unnatural Acts: Harvard's Secret Court of 1920," directed by Tony Speciale at the Classic Stage Company in New York.
Engardio graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School on May 26, 2011.