Webb was undersecretary of state during the Truman administration when the federal government systematically purged its ranks of LGBTQ employees. Did James Webb say something specific? There aren’t any records still in existence. But gay men were frequently called sex perverts, week willed, disgusting, and other derogatory terms. Webb oversaw implementing these homophobic purges at the State Department. When Webb became NASA administrator, he implemented these same homophobic policies.

The James Webb Space Telescope Needs to Be Renamed

If you prefer a video of the history of James Webb.