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The Lavender Scare


In The Moment ... June 18, 2019 Show 598 Hour 1

In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower signed an executive order declaring gays and lesbians unfit to serve in the federal government. The "Lavender Scare" caused LGBT people to stay in the closet or resign to risk exposure.

Lives were ruined - and some lives were lost to suicide.

In his film The Lavender Scare, Josh Howard explores this period in American history which coincides with the Cold War. The Lavender Scare can be seen tonight (Tuesday) on SDPB-TV at 8:00 Central/7:00 Mountain.