The Lavender Scare

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  • Ticket Price: FREE
    Date: Jun 24th, 2018
    Time: 7:00pm
    Run Time: 2:00
    Location: Midwest Theater

Join Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Fort Laramie National Historic Site for a Screening of “The Lavender Scare” at the Midwest Theater

As America’s storytellers, the National Park Service (NPS) is committed to telling the history of all Americans in all of its diversity and complexity. For many years, the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans have been erased through punishing laws and general prejudice—appearing sporadically in police proceedings, medical reports, military hearings, and immigration records. Their stories highlight how personal lives continuously are affected by (and affect) the political, economic, social, and commercial. Personal identity and shifting definitions of gender and sexuality are central to the American experience and reveal the complexities of our nation’s citizenry.

The NPS is offering, free of charge, the opportunity to view The Lavender Scare, a film about the decades- long systematic exclusion of homosexual people from employment in the government.

Join Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Scotts Bluff National Monument, and Fort Laramie National Historic Site for the presentation of
The Lavender Scare
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

The Lavender Scare is the first documentary film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. In 1953, President Eisenhower declared gay men and lesbians to be a threat to the security of the country and therefore unfit for government service. Over the next four decades, tens of thousands of government workers lost their jobs for no reason other than their sexual orientation. This action helped ignite the gay rights movement.

In 1957, a Harvard-trained astronomer named Frank Kameny became the first person to fight his dismissal.  His attempts to regain his job evolved into a lifelong fight for the rights of LGBT people. The Lavender Scare is a compelling story of one man’s fight for justice and a reminder of how important it is to protect the rights of all citizens.

For more information, please call the Agate Fossil Bed National Monument at 308-665-4110 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. seven days a week.