The Lavender Scare

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  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Release year: 2019
  • Running time: 75 min
With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. read more

With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks” and vowed to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Over the next four decades,the longest witch-hunt in American history, tens of thousands of government workers would lose their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation. But the mass firings have an unintended effect: they stirred outrage in the gay community, helped ignite the gay rights movement, and thrust an unlikely hero into the forefront of the LGBTQ fight for equality.Partly based on the award-winning book by historian David K. Johnson, THE LAVENDER SCARE illuminates a little-known chapter of American history, and serves as a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack.

Original Release

06/07/2019

US Release

06/07/2019

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Cast

Glenn Close Narrator (voice) / Self - Narrator
David Hyde Pierce Dr. Franklin E. Kameny (voice) / Self - Reader of Frank Kameny's Letters
T.R. Knight Drew Ference (voice) / Self - Reader of Drew Ference's Letters
Cynthia Nixon Madeleine Tress (voice) / Self - Reader of Madeleine Tress' Materials
Zachary Quinto Dennis Flinn (voice) / Self - Reader of Dennis Flinn's Materials
David George (voice)
Tom Knight (voice)
John Piatek (voice)
Kevan Rabat (voice)
Artie Widgery (voice)
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Josh Howard

Writers

David K. Johnson

Cast

Glenn Close Narrator (voice) / Self - Narrator
David Hyde Pierce Dr. Franklin E. Kameny (voice) / Self - Reader of Frank Kameny's Letters
T.R. Knight Drew Ference (voice) / Self - Reader of Drew Ference's Letters
Cynthia Nixon Madeleine Tress (voice) / Self - Reader of Madeleine Tress' Materials
Zachary Quinto Dennis Flinn (voice) / Self - Reader of Dennis Flinn's Materials
David George (voice)
Tom Knight (voice)
John Piatek (voice)
Kevan Rabat (voice)
Artie Widgery (voice)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Self
Joseph McCarthy Self / Himself (archive footage)
David K. Johnson Self / Himself
John Hanes Self
John D'Emilio Self / Himself
Bartley A. Fugler Self / Himself
Carl Rizzi Self
Joan Cassidy Self / Herself (archive footage)
Lillian Faderman Self / Herself
Victor Ference Self / Himself

Producers

Kevin Jennings Executive Producer
Betsy West Executive Producer
Andrew Tobias Executive Producer
Josh Howard Producer
Barbara Pierce Producer

Editors

Bruce Shaw

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