In the s President Eisenhower sought to expel all LGBT people from federal government, and while we have come a long way, workplace discrimination is still a real thing. Remember when a president of the United States signed an order demanding that all gay and lesbian government employees be fired? Remember when this led to an anti-gay witch hunt conducted in the same era as the Red Scare? Remember when thousands of people lost their jobs because of their sexual orientation?
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Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Feminist Review. David K. Like all civil service employees working during the Eisenhower administration, Madeleine Tress — a year-old business economist at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC — was required to pass a security investigation as a condition for employment.
Lavender Scare: A Look Back at LGBT McCarthyism
Joseph Raymond " Tailrammer Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy — was a Senator who cashed in on the Second Red Scare by screeching hysterically about "Reds under the bed," thus placing all criticism of communism under a pall of disgrace. McCarthyism involves rabidly accusing innocent people of disloyalty for political gain, especially by means of red-baiting. McCarthy would always say his allegations " fit a pattern ", so it's fair to ask what sort of pattern his biography fit. He joined the Marines because he thought this branch of the service would be most helpful to him in a future political career.
There are certain behind-the-scenes figures in American politics who, like Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump , seem to turn up everywhere. One of the most notorious is Roy Cohn, a man whose influence spans several decades of hot button issues, Republican politicians and LGBT history. He was also a closeted gay man who helped purge suspected gay and lesbian employees from the government.