The Homosexual Atom Bomb
Such absurd equations show how homosexuality became a floating signifier, associated with whatever political tendency one most disliked. Rather than representing a certain group of people, it represented everything that was wrong—whatever that meant. America’s Red Scare bled into its Lavender Scare; the Soviets associated homosexuality with capitalism and fascism. But empty as it was, the political use of the trope of homosexuality had a devastating effect on real people from both countries.
"Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America"
is on display at the Winkleman Gallery in NYC. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Feb 28, 2013 -
Milo Radulovich, RIP
--thrown out of the Air Force during the Red Scares, he fought back--Radulovich's case (and the new medium of TV) showed millions the impact McCarthy was having and the absurd lengths he was going to. He himself wasn't ever accused of being a Communist himself tho: [more inside]
posted by amberglow
on Nov 21, 2007 -
In 1955, at least twelve men in Boise, Idaho were arrested for "infamous crimes against nature."
. In the resulting dragnet, the vice president of the Idaho First National Bank was sentenced to seven years in prison
, while national magazines fomented a McCarthyite Lavender Scare
with headlines such as Male Pervert Ring Seduces 1,000 Boys
. This dark chapter in
Idaho gay history
was documented in both John Gerassi's 1966 book, The Boys of Boise
and the recent film, The Fall of '55
, by documentarian Seth Randal
, but neither Gerassi nor Randal could identify The Queen
, a closeted but politically connected homosexual who allegedly used his massive clout to stop the witch hunt.
posted by jonp72
on Aug 28, 2007 -
The SF Chron's big Sunday story
is a very timely and huge package about a Republican Governor who went on to become president cooperating with overzealous intelligence agencies to quash dissent. Revelations: Reagan plotted with the FBI against the President of UC-Berkeley, he wanted to mount "psychological warfare campaign
" and the old rumor about Reagan getting some fellow Hollywood artists blacklisted turns out to be true. Synposis
posted by raaka
on Jun 9, 2002 -