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The Lavender Scare (2017)

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With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government ... See full summary »

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Josh Howard

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David K. Johnson (book)
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Glenn Close ... Herself - Narrator (voice)
David Hyde Pierce ... Himself - Reader of Frank Kameny's Letters (voice)
Cynthia Nixon ... Herself - Reader of Madeleine Tress' Materials (voice)
Zachary Quinto ... Himself - Reader of Dennis Flinn's Materials (voice)
T.R. Knight ... Himself - Reader of Drew Ference's Letters (voice)
David George David George ... (voice)
Tom Knight Tom Knight ... (voice)
John Piatek John Piatek ... (voice)
Kevan Rabat Kevan Rabat ... (voice)
Artie Widgery Artie Widgery ... (voice)
Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself (archive footage)
Joseph McCarthy ... Himself (archive footage)
David K. Johnson ... Himself (as David Johnson)
John Hanes John Hanes ... Himself (as John W. Hanes Jr.)
John D'Emilio ... Himself
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With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be "security risks" and orders the immediate firing of any government employee discovered to be gay or lesbian. It triggers a vicious witch hunt that lasts for forty years and ruins thousands of lives, while thrusting an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

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English

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7 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Essential Documentary for U.S. History Classes
4 November 2017 | by sobaok-211-4669See all my reviews

I found this to be a riveting account of the purge of gays and lesbians from employment in the U.S. government. Many committed suicide. This purge went on from the 1950's-1990's. At one point, the push to eliminate gays, became more important than Joe McCarthy's "Red Scare".

Excellent cross-section of interviews with men and women who lost their livelihood from the machinations of government officials (who also participate in the narration).

High school and college history classes should have Lavender Scare as part of their curriculum. Our evolution into a real Democracy, has left a bloody path, indeed.


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