Day 15: The Lavender Scare
In the 1950s, Senator Joseph McCarthy introduced the “Red Scare,” asserting that the government and its agencies had been infiltrated by communists. During the same time period, McCarthy launched the “Lavender Scare,” advocating for the removal of any individuals suspected of being part of the LGBTQ+ community for fear that their sexuality could be manipulated to reveal governmental knowledge. These accusations mainly targeted gay mxn and lesbians, attaching negative characteristics and perpetuating sexual stereotypes. By failing to the protect gay rights, many LGBTQ+ folk experienced discriminatory precautions, including police mistreatment and forcibly discussing their sex lives. By discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community in the name of national security, many began to jump start the gay liberation movements and rallies. Finally in the 1990s, discrimination based on sexuality was outlawed.
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