The Lavender Scare: Federal Anti-Gay Purges during the Cold War


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David K. Johnson (University of South Florida)
Event Date: 
October 26, 2017
Event Time: 
1014 Tisch Hall
Event Accessibility : 
Ramp access and power doors are located at the South entrance, on the side of the building closest to the UM Museum of Art. Once inside the South entrance, the elevator is on the left through the double doors. Room 1014 is up one flight (above ground level).
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David K. Johnson (Ph.D. Northwestern) is an Associate Professor in the history department at the University of South Florida.  His first book, The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, (University of Chicago, 2004) won three awards, including the Herbert Hoover Book Award and the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction.  A documentary film version of The Lavender Scare by Emmy-award winning director Josh Howard is currently on the film festival circuit.  Johnson co-edited The U.S. Since 1945: A Documentary Reader (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), an anthology of primary source documents for students studying modern American politics and culture.  He was a contributing author to the National Park Service’s LGBTQ America:  A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History.  Johnson has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Social Science Research Council, CUNY’s Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, and the Leather Archives and Museum.  He is currently completing the book “Buying Gay:  Physique Magazines, Censorship, and the Rise of the Gay Movement,” which chronicles the rise of a gay commercial network in the 1950s and 1960s.

This event is presented by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Additional support from the LSA Bicentennial Theme Semester; College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Bicentennial Office; History; and the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies.

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