The Lavender Scare

Aug 24th • 11:00 am • Art Theatre of Long Beach

In the latter years of McCarthyism, at the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower decided that gay and lesbian individuals in federal government positions were a risk to national security. The film The Lavender Scare, based on the book by David K. Johnson, shines a light on this episode of American history, and documents the horrible treatment and tragic fates of tens of thousands of men and women who lost their jobs— some of them also losing their lives— because of their suspected homosexual status. See how survivors of the era recount their experiences and the measures they took to fight back the intolerant campaigns against them.

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