The Lavender Scare

Tito's Handmade Vodka Cinetransformer

Saturday March 18, 2017 - 2:00 pm to 3:20 pm


  • Director/Producer: Josh Howard
  • Director of Photography: Richard White
  • Editor: Bruce Shaw
  • Associate Director: Jill Landes
  • Associate Producers: Barbara Pierce, Bruce Shaw
  • Composer: Joel Goodman

With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and issues an executive order directing all agencies of the government to fire any employees – military or civilian – who are discovered to be gay or lesbian. Tens of thousands lose their jobs. But this little-known witch hunt, which continues for four decades, has an unintended effect: it thrusts an unlikely hero into the forefront of what would become the modern LGBT rights movement.

77 min.