The History of the Lavender Scare

In preparation of next season’s Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne, and in honor of LGBT Pride month, we wanted to share some historical background information about the Lavender Scare. The Lavender Scare was the period of American History after President Eisenhower signed an executive order that demanded all gay and lesbian government employees be found and fired.

9 Things To Know About ‘The Lavender Scare’ by Out.com editors

Filmmaker John Howard discusses his upcoming documentary, The Lavender Scare, and shares the nine most important things he thinks everyone should know about the historic event.

Our Gay Capital: A brief history of the LGBT movement in Washington D.C.: A Tribute to D.C.’s Trailblazers, by Doug Rule, MetroWeekly

Metro Weekly that discusses the history of the LGBT community specifically in Washington D.C., much of which was influenced by the Lavender Scare.

Lavender Scare: U.S. Fired 5,000 Gays in 1953 ‘Witch Hunt’, by Susan Donaldson James, Good Morning America

Navy veteran Joan Cassidy was personally affected by the 1953 ruling that caused thousands government employees and contractors to be outed and lose their jobs.

The Lavender Scare: A Look Back at LGBT McCarthyism, by Lorena O’Neil, OZY

A brief history of the Lavender Scare, and how workplace discrimination of LGBT Americans persists to this day.

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