The Lavender Scare: New Documentary Exposes A Modern American Witch Hunt

Can’t wait to see The Lavender Scare, a documentary based on the book by David K. Johnson, currently in production that promises to tell a largely unacknowledged piece of LGBT history and modern American history. A new trailer was posted to youtube this week.

From the documentary’s website:

The Lavender Scare is not a historical documentary frozen in time. The issues it explores remain strikingly relevant today.

  • In the 1950s, it was said that the acceptance of homosexuality would promote the moral decay of our society. Today, opponents of marriage equality make a similar argument.
  • In the 1950s, it was said that allowing homosexuals to serve in government positions would threaten national security, create “homosexual cliques,” and destroy morale. Today, similar beliefs prevent gay men and women from serving openly in the military.
  • In the 1950s, politicians discovered that the “gay issue” could be used as a powerful weapon against their opponents. It is still happening today.

The Lavender Scare will provide important context to the battles still being fought today.

For gay audiences, particularly younger generations unfamiliar with the struggles of the past, it will provide important perspective and serve as an inspiring call to action.

I’m 100% behind this. There’s a real danger of LGBT history being lost with each new generation (one of the reasons California’s new LGBT history law is so important), and this kind of movie helps prevent that.

The fact that Director Josh Howard is a 60 Minutes alum with 24 Emmy Awards only makes me more excited.

No release date as yet, but I’m willing to wait for a thorough history lesson.


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