Published on Jun 16, 2016
In 1994, Washington History, the biannual publication of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., published “Homosexual Citizens: Washington’s Gay Community Confronts the Civil Service,” an article written by David Johnson. This article laid the groundwork for “The Lavender Scare,” Johnson’s seminal book about the persecution of homosexuals working for the federal government in Washington in the 1950s and 1960s. Emmy Award-winning producer Josh Howard is in the final stages of post-production on “The Lavender Scare” documentary, which is based on Johnson’s book and will be released this fall. Washington Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. moderates a conversation with Johnson and Howard in a program that will feature unseen clips from the documentary.
The program was sponsored by the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and was made possible through the generous support of the Capital Pride Alliance and the Newseum. Recorded June 5, 2016, in the Newseum's Knight TV Studio.