June 6, 2019 - 8:00 pm
As part of Key West Pride, the Key West Film Festival proudly presents a one-night-only screening of “The Lavender Scare,” a new documentary about the persecution of homosexual federal employees during the 1950s.
With the United States gripped in the panic of the Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deemed homosexuals to be “security risks,” vowing to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Tens of thousands lost their jobs. But the mass firings had an unintended effect: they stirred outrage in the gay community and turned astronomer Frank Kameny into “the father of the gay rights movement.”
In addition to illuminating a little-known chapter of American history, “The Lavender Scare” is a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack.