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Happy Pride Month 2021

by Matt Phan on 2021-06-03T11:10:00-04:00 in eBooks | Comments

Rainbow and image of the book The Lavender Scare

Happy Pride Month

The Lavender Scare
by David K. Johnson

The book "relates the frightening, untold story of how, during the Cold War, homosexuals were considered as dangerous a threat to national security as Communists." The federal government lead a campaign of "homosexual purges ending promising careers, ruining lives, and pushed many to suicide."

Access the eBook of The Lavender Scare with your OpenAthens account. Request an OpenAthens account if you don't already have one. Visit our guide to learn more about Database Access via OpenAthens.

Department of Commerce staff and contractors whose Official Duty Station is the Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB) in Washington, DC are eligible for access to the Library's eBooks.


Cristina Bartolomei, Jamie Shoemaker, Matt Phan standing together smiling in the Commerce Research Library after the presentation.

Cristina Bartolomei, Jamie Shoemaker, and Matt Phan after the presentation.

Film Viewing & Discussion: The Lavender Scare, October 2019

In partnership with Commerce Pride, an LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group at the Department, we hosted Jamie Shoemaker, the first known LGBTQ+ employee to retain his security clearance and keep his federal job at the NSA.


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