Did you know that there was a ban on LGBTQ men and women working for the federal government? And that it lasted from 1953 until 1996 when Bill Clinton signed an executive order to end the ban.
“The Lavender Scare” is a new documentary that explains the genesis of that ban and profiles the man who started the movement to get the ban overturned.
Narrated by Glenn Close and based on David K. Johnson’s book “The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government,” the film reveals how Senator Joe McCarthy carried out a systematic witch hunt to root out and remove gay men and lesbians from government and security positions.
“The Lavender Scare” recently premiered on PBS.
Read the story at Decider.
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