“The Lavendar Scare” free LGBTQ film



    The Lavender Scare



    Government persecution shattered lives but ignited a movement for LGBTQ rights.

    In person: Lavender Scare filmmaker Josh Howard

    The Lavender Scare documents the vicious “witch hunt” begun in the ’50’s (and lasting for decades) to purge the federal government of workers suspected of being homosexual. The Lavender Scare shows how tens of thousands of gay and lesbian Americans were interrogated, lost jobs and careers.The actions of the government stirred a sense of outrage and activism that helped ignite the movement for LGBTQ+ rights. Interviews with key figures in the social justice campaign tell the story in dramatic fashion. In so doing, the documentary preserves a long lost part of Cold War history.

    Josh Howard is an Emmy-award winning 60 Minutes producer. Readers of dialogue include Cynthia Nixon, Zachary Quinto, T.R. Knight and David Hyde Pierce. The Lavender Scare has received 20 awards at festivals throughout the country. For info and trailer visit thelavenderscare.com.

    This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Arizona Humanities and the Alliance Fund LGBTQ+ a fund of the Community Fund of Southern Arizona.

    Southern Arizona Senior Pride exists to connect LGBTQ+ older Americans to one another and to community. More at https://soazseniorpride.org.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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