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NewFest : “Fellow Travelers”/ A Stunningly Beautiful Glimpse into the Lavender Closet of the 1950s

The gay male community in the United States experienced two existential crises in the late twentieth century: one in the 1950s and another in the 1980s. During the McCarthy Era, a decade or more before the Stonewall uprising in 1969, homosexuals—typically closeted—in the State Department and other federal agencies were persecuted as perceived security risks,…