Lively said “The Pink Swastika” (Veritas Aeterna Press, 1995), which he co-wrote with Kevin Abrams, is an attempt to present a historically accurate picture of the involvement of homosexuals in the development of the Nazi party.
He said that, before the book's publication, some individuals had made what he called exaggerated claims about the persecution of homosexuals under the Nazi regime.
He said he stands by the information in “The Pink Swastika” as researched facts. He said the book states that the Nazi Party had its roots in the German homosexual movement and also states that some homosexuals were persecuted, and between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexuals died in Nazi work camps.
Meanwhile, speakers at Thursday's news conference included Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma City chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations; Nathaniel Batchelder, a representative of the Central Oklahoma Human Rights Alliance; and Kathy McCallie, senior pastor of Church of the Open Arms. Other local leaders who attended as part of the coalition included Garland Pruitt with the Oklahoma City NAACP and the Rev. Robin Meyers, senior pastor of Mayflower Congregational Church UCC.
Hamilton, who also serves as associate pastor at Church of the Open Arms, said a time of reflective prayer featuring Besen as guest speaker will be held at Church of the Open Arms on Friday, at the same time as Lively's presentation at Draper Park Christian Church.
Hamilton's Cimarron Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advocacy and education on behalf of Oklahoma's gay, lesbian and transgender community.