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Documentary Explores Federal Campaign To Fire Gay Employees

''The Lavender Scare'' is the first film to document the federal government's campaign to fire all homosexual employees.
''The Lavender Scare'' is the first film to document the federal government's campaign to fire all homosexual employees.
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The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival has partnered up with Out on Film for a special screening of “The Lavender Scare.”

That documentary is the first to detail the campaign by federal government starting in the 1950s to identify and fire all suspected gay and lesbian employees.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with the documentary’s director Josh Howard along with the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s Chris Holland and Out on Film’s Jim Farmer. “The Lavender Scare” screens tonight at Midtown Arts Cinema at 7 p.m. and will feature a Q&A with Howard after the screening.

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