This page contains a selection of resources and suggested research strategies related to LGBTQIA+ government workers and the lavender scare.
Below you will find resources which will assist you with research related to LGBTQ+ individuals and their experiences working for the government. From the late 1940s into the 1960s, thousands of federal workers were fired or forced to resign because of their sexual identity.
The "Lavender Scare" was a moral panic during the mid-20th century about homosexual people in the United States government and their mass dismissal from government service. It contributed to and paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism and the Second Red Scare. The following resources can be found in historic digitized newspapers and other Library of Congress print collections.
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