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The untold story of a brutal witch hunt.
And the courageous few who fought back.
In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and unfit for government service.
One after another, civil service workers were hauled before investigators and fired from their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation.
Finally, from a community under siege, a hero stepped forward.
In 1957, a Harvard-trained astronomer named Frank Kameny became the first person to fight his dismissal. His attempts to regain his job evolved into a lifelong battle for the rights of LGBT people.
The Lavender Scare is a compelling story of one man’s fight for justice.
And it is a chilling reminder of how easy it can be to trample the rights of an entire class of people in the name of patriotism and national security.