The Lavender Scare

Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.

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The Government Investigator

01:37

A government investigator discusses tactics he used to track down and fire homosexuals.



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Captain Joan Cassidy

01:53

Joan Cassidy describes the government’s efforts to identify lesbians in the Navy.

Kameny Testifies

02:34

Dr. Franklin E. Kameny becomes the first openly gay person to testify before Congress.

Interview with Producer and Director Josh Howard

02:26

Josh Howard discusses his work as director of the documentary film "The Lavender Scare."