The Lavender Scare: Background information when reading Trinity

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Trinity

by Louisa Hall

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Trinity by Louisa Hall
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    Oct 2018, 336 pages
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    Aug 27, 2019, 288 pages

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The Lavender Scare

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Newspaper headlines describing the purge of homosexuals from government jobs during the Lavender ScareLouisa Hall's Trinity touches on many subjects and looks at many personalities. One of the most interesting of these is the fictional Lia Peon, a lesbian woman who escaped discrimination in Washington D.C. in the early 1950s. Peon and her girlfriend moved to St. John's, and there became friends with J. Robert Oppenheimer (who was himself rumored to be homosexual). Lia's story illustrates the struggle for basic rights that was being fought in Washington at this time.

In 1957, President Eisenhower signed an executive order that banned homosexual employees from working in the federal government. The order, which caused thousands to lose their jobs, was the culmination of a decade-long LGBT purge in Washington D.C. and brought the struggle for gay rights to the forefront for the very first time. This period of gay persecution coincided and intermingled with McCarthy's Red Scare, the infamous hunt for communists that followed the second World War. But why did it ...

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