March 1950 – The Lavender Scare: McCarthy and Cohn Hunt Homosexuals in the Federal Government

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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  1. jr costello says:

    there should be a pilgrimage every yr to where Roy Cohn is buried – so that we could PISS on his GRAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • lIVING IN MIAMI FROM 1943 /1976 GROWING UP IN THE 60’S WAS TOUGHT ENOUGH, GETTING TO GO OUT AT NIGHT OF COURSE I HAD TO HAVE A GAY (MALE) PICK ME UP AT HOME & MEET MOM & DAD, OF COURSE BE HOME BY 11 pm..WE GO TO THE CORNER & HE PICKS UP HIS BOY FRIEND & I GO OFF WITH MY GIRL FRIEND..MAINLY IT WAS FUN TO BE ON THE BEACH & WATCH THE LIMOSIMES PULL IN TO THE HOTELS & LOOK ACROSS THE BAY IT WAS BEAUTIFUL…i MET A GIRL THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH & I FEEL WE’D STILL BE TOGETHER TODAY HAD WE ‘D BE ABLE TO MARRY EACH OTHER..THAT WAS BACK IN 1961..WE WOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED 54 YEARS TODAY..I STAYED IN THE nw SECTION OF TOWN..EVERY SUNDAY WE WENT TO 21 ST BEACH (THE GAY BEACH) NEAR WOLFIES. ZORITA & HER SNAKE HAD A STRIP JOINT ON THE BEACH & SHE HAD A SPECIAL SECTION FOR US & IF ANY GUY BOTHERED US THE BOUNCER (WHO WAS ZOITA’S GIRLFRIEND)WOULD COME OVER & OUT HE’S GO..IN 1976 i MOVED TO aLTAMONTE sPRINGS, fl WITH MY PARTNER & HER 2 CHILDREN..i NEVER THOUGHT i’D RAISE 2 CHILDREN BUT WE DID…ONLY TIME i HAD A PROBLEM WAS WHEN THE BOY JOINED CUB SCOUTS..WE MADE A STOCK CAR TOGETHER & WENT TO RACE IT.IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FaTHER & SON, BUT AFTER A FEW WORDS WE WERE IN THE RACE…WE CAME IN THIRD, BUT I WAS PROUD & I THINK HE WAS ALSO..tHE BOY WENT TO VA. TECH FOR 6 YEARS & THE GIRL WENT TO 2 YEARS STATE COLLEGE & 2 YEARS ROLLINS COLLEGE..THEY DID QUITE WELL FOR THEMSELVES THESE DAYS WHICH MAKES ME HAPPY…tHE BOY HAD 2 GIRLS..SO THE GIRLS HAS ALL GRANDMAS & NO GRANDPAS.MY PARTNER & I SPLIT IN OCT.OF 1991… .BUT STILL YOU HAD TO BE CAREFUL JUST BECAUSE WE WERE GAY…tHESE KIDS TODAY MAKE ME SO HAPPY, THEY TOOK ON WHAT WE TRIED & WERE SUCCESSFUL….IT WAS A LONG ROAD TO TRAVEL BUT THEY DID IT…HORRAY..GOD BLESS THEM..

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  2. March 9, 2016

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  3. April 3, 2016

    […] by many, the University of Florida had its own home-grown version of the McCarthy/Cohn Lavender Scares that lasted from 1956 to […]

  4. February 20, 2017

    […] friend”, McCarthy’s witch hunt extended beyond communists to also include gay people. (See The Lavender Scare) That conflict, along with McCarthy’s accusations of Communists in the defense department, […]

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