october 2017

sun08oct6:00 pm8:00 pmThe Lavender Scare6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tampa Theatre, 711 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602


Event Details

Based on the groundbreaking book by USF professor David K. Johnson, the parallels in this historical documentary are more relevant today, than any of us want to think about. A movement started with assumptions born in bigotry and fueled by fear, and led to the persecution of thousands of gay men and lesbians that lasted for decades. Johnson’s book, published in 2004, opened a part of history that has been veiled and even overlooked in the historical account of Joseph McCarthy’s infamous witch hunt against his perception of subversives to the security of the United States. Johnson accessed newly declassified documents, spent years researching the records of the National Archives and the FBI, and interviewed former civil servants to create an unprecedented account of government sanctioned discrimination that ruined the lives of thousands of people and sent millions deeper into secrecy and fear. Over ten thousand government employees, military personnel and civil servants were questioned, threatened with exposure and shamed into resigning from their jobs. 


(Sunday) 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Tampa Theatre

711 North Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602