The U.S. Government's War on Gays
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FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover enthusiastically supported efforts to rid the federal government of gays and lesbians.
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Senator Joseph McCarthy (left) and Roy Cohn orchestrated the so-called Lavender Scare in America in the 1950s.
In a new documentary short, investigative journalist Michael Isikoff explores a dark and little-known chapter in America’s recent political history. For decades, the federal government ran what was known as its “sex deviates program.” The program targeted gays and lesbians and collected intelligence in order to purge them from the federal ranks. This went on for decades, and its painful legacy lives on to this day. Isikoff joins us Wednesday to discuss the U.S. government’s war on gays.
Watch Michael Isikoff’s 30-minute documentary Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays. LINK
Michael Isikoff is chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News. He previously worked as an investigative journalist for Newsweek and NBC News.