Start Date

19-5-2021 1:20 PM

End Date

19-5-2021 2:35 PM

Disciplines

History

Subjects

Gay Rights Movement -- History, Homophobia -- Law and legislation, Homosexuality -- Government policy, Gay rights -- Politics and government, Gays in the civil service -- United States -- History -- 20th century, Civil service -- Security measures -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Description

In the 1950s, the federal government began to systematically root out gay individuals from the civil service in what is known as the “Lavender Scare.” This eradication paralleled McCarthyism and was apart of the larger homophobic culture. A closer look at the media reveals how this panic was spread throughout the nation. Despite persecution in and out of the workplace, the voices of those oppressed were not irreversibly silenced. In fact, the Lavender Scare gave rise to pioneers of the gay rights movement, nearly a decade before the Stonewall Riots.

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35813

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May 19th, 1:20 PM May 19th, 2:35 PM

Session 1: Panel 2: Presenter 1 (Paper) -- The Gay Rights Movement: A Reaction to the Lavender Scare

In the 1950s, the federal government began to systematically root out gay individuals from the civil service in what is known as the “Lavender Scare.” This eradication paralleled McCarthyism and was apart of the larger homophobic culture. A closer look at the media reveals how this panic was spread throughout the nation. Despite persecution in and out of the workplace, the voices of those oppressed were not irreversibly silenced. In fact, the Lavender Scare gave rise to pioneers of the gay rights movement, nearly a decade before the Stonewall Riots.