Sunday, November 26, 2017
Washington area residents have to wait to see "Lavender Scare" when Reel Affirmations doesn't screen it
There is a bit of a flak in that the DC Reel Affirmations Film Festival declined to show “Lavender Scare”, a documentary about the purge of homosexuals from the federal government in the 1950s during the Eisenhower years and the “Red Scare”, with emphasis on the story of Frank Kameny.
The Washington Blade has a story by Lou Chibarro, Jr., but the DC Center has declined to explain why it wasn’t selected. But some people seem to believe that retelling history during the current political environment (with Pence as vice-president) could “bring it back”. The material is also sensitive now because of Trump’s attempted transgender ban in the military, now under litigation.
The trailer shows the practice of “naming names” during the witch hunts. Similar practices went on in the US military, gradually abetting under “don’t ask don’t tell”, to be repealed in 2011.
The film is produced and directed by Josh Howard.