April 26th, 2021

snoopy by bleuunicorn

President Eisenhower and the Lavender Scare

From Crossing Paths http://myrainbowark.com/1crossing.html:

● 1953.04.27 — President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Executive Order 10450, mandating the dismissal of all federal employees determined to be guilty of “sexual perversion.” As a result, more than 640 federal employees lose their jobs over the next year and a half.

From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_10450:

It was not until 1973 that a federal judge ruled that a person's sexual orientation alone could not be the sole reason for termination from federal employment, and not until 1975 that the United States Civil Service Commission announced that they would consider applications by gays and lesbians on a case by case basis.