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'The Lavender Scare' on PBS offers a bracing look at the government's decades-long campaign

Celebrate #PrideMonth by watching and sharing the untold story of the government witch hunt that ignited the modern gay rights movement. The Lavender Scare airs Tuesday 6/18 at 9/8c on @PBS! Check local listings: http://tracmedia.com/lol/LavenderScare/

‘The Lavender Scare’ on PBS offers a bracing look at the government’s decades-long campaign of homophobia
Josh Howard's eye-opening documentary airs June 18
By André Hereford on June 13, 2019

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Even half a century after Stonewall, it still takes courage, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi noted in Metro Weekly last week, for LGBTQ people to be their out, authentic selves at home, on the streets, and at work. Filmmaker Josh Howard’s eye-opening documentary The Lavender Scare, premiering this Tuesday, June 18 on PBS, offers a stark reminder that being out at work, especially for federal employees, was and is a right that cannot be held lightly, lest it be stolen away from us with the swipe of a Presidential pen.

The hour-long film — narrated by Glenn Close and inspired by the book of the same name by David Johnson — takes stock of the harrowing period when employees of the federal government were hounded out of their jobs. In 1953, President Eisenhower signed an executive order demanding the firing of so-called “sexual perverts” — that is, gays and lesbians, who were deemed dangerously susceptible to blackmail by hostile powers due to their presumed clandestine lives and practices.

The Lavender Scare airs Tuesday, June 18, on PBS. Check your local listings for times and repeat broadcasts, or visit www.pbs.org.

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Learn the untold story of how tens of thousands of homosexual federal workers were either fired or denied employment in the 1950s, stirring outrage in the gay community and starting an LGBTQ rights movement with an unlikely hero at the forefront.

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