The Lavender Scare: Civil Rights Violations of Federal Workers, 1940s-1960s

Thousands of gay employees were fired or forced to resign from the federal workforce. Introduction The Red Scare, the congressional witch-hunt against Communists during the early years of the Cold War, is a well-known chapter of American history. A second scare of the same era has been much slower to make its way into public[…]

The Lavender Scare and Beyond: Documenting LGBTQ History from the Great Depression to Today

It’s really only in the past three decades that we’ve come to recognize the need to understand the histories of different minority groups. By Dr. Eric GonzabaAssistant Professor of American StudiesCalifornia State University Fullerton The Lavender Scare, a new documentary that will air on PBS on Tuesday, June 18th, documents the systematic firing and discrimination of LGBT people[…]

The Lavender Scare: Joseph McCarthy’s Other Crusade

This witch-hunt harmed even more people than did the Red Scare, often trying to throw people under both buses. Introduction The lavender scare refers to a witch hunt and the mass firings of homosexual people in the 1950s from the United States government. It contributed to and paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism and the Second[…]