The Lavender Scare
Tuesday, June 18, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Wednesday, June 19, at 3 a.m.
Also airs on Fusion on Saturday, June 22, at 2:30 p.m.
Narrated by Glenn Close and featuring the voices of Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T. R. Knight and David Hyde Pierce, THE LAVENDER SCARE tells the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire employees suspected of being homosexual. The production is based on the award-winning book by David K. Johnson.
In 1953, at the height of the Cold War and Senator Joe McCarthy’s virulent campaign against suspected Communists and possible traitors, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and therefore unfit for government service.
Featuring interviews with some who were targeted, as well as authors and government officials responsible for investigating federal employees, THE LAVENDER SCARE is a compelling story of a fight for justice and a chilling reminder of how easy it can be, during a time of fear and uncertainty, to trample the rights of an entire class of people in the name of patriotism and national security.
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