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Film: “The Lavender Scare”

Friday, October 11, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This documentary chronicles the little-known story of how homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government beginning in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.

With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Over the next four decades, the longest witch-hunt in American history, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation.

[1 hour, 17 minutes]

Presented in partnership with HiTOPS for LGBT History Month.

 

Details

Date:
Friday, October 11
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Categories:
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Venue

Community Room – First Floor
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Phone:
609-924-9529

Other

In-House Program Category
Film
Staff Contact
Janie Hermann
Summary
This documentary chronicles the little-known story of how tens of thousands of homosexual workers were identified and fired by the federal government during the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront. 1 hour, 17 minutes.
Partners
HiTOPS
Platforms for Promotion
Connections
Promotional Materials
Handbill (5.5 x 8.5)
Max Number of Attendees
155
Age Groups
Adult
Status of Post
P - Ready for M to Edit
Connections Section
Adults