The term “Lavender Scare” refers to the period in the 1950s when LGBTQ Americans were outed and fired en masse from positions in the United States government. It contributed to and ran parallel to Senator Joseph McCarthy and his House Un-American Activities Committee’s far-reaching anti-Communism campaign, known as the Second Red Scare. This is the backdrop in front of which Fellow Travelers takes place. Below are a number of helpful links to articles, interviews, and news stories that will help provide a historical context to this ode to the importance of being one’s self and the bravery it takes to stand up to political oppression.


Making Gay History

Time Magazine

Out Magazine

Celluloid Closet

New York Times


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