Beware -- witch hunt in sessio

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Beware, Witch Hunt in Session "On March 1, 1950, The New York Times reports that…John E. Peurifoy, in charge of the State Department security program, was asked by a Senate Committee how many department employees had resigned while under investigation as security risks since the beginning of 1947. "Ninety-one persons in the shady category…most of these were homosexuals." "On April 19, a Times news story is headed: Perverts Called Government Peril…Guy George Gabrielson, Republican National Chairman, asserted today that "sexual perverts who have infiltrated our Government in recent years" were "perhaps as dangerous as the actual Communists." "On May 5, the Times reports that New York State's Republican Governor Dewey accused the Democratic national administration of tolerating spies, traitors and sex offenders in the Government service.

(Katz, 91-93) At work you completely avoided people. If you did make friends, you had to be sure never to bring them home, never to tell them who and what you really were.

We were all terrified in those days.

Lyn on new York in the 60's.

When I was arrested and being thrown out of the military, the order went out: don't anybody speak to this woman, and for those three long months, almost nobody did; the dayroom, when I entered it, fell silent till I had gone; they were afraid, they knew the wind would blow them over the rail, the cops would come, the water would run into their lungs. Everything I touched was spoiled. They were my lovers, those women, but nobody had taught us to swim. I drowned. I took 3 or 4 others down when I signed the confession of what we had done together.

No one will ever speak to me again.

Judy Grahn on the military in the 1950's (Faderman, 130) Thus began the...