Lavender Scare: U.S. Fired 5,000 Gays in 1953 'Witch Hunt'

Joan Cassidy, 84, has the U.S. Navy in her blood. Her father and mother, a proud Yeomanette, served active duty in World War I. Her brother and sister were in World War II. By 1953, Lt. j.g. Cassidy, then 26, was head of a Navy intelligence division with highest-level security clearances. But while serving in Pearl Harbor, she resigned from a promising career and joined the Navy Reserve, forced to throw away her dreams because she was a lesbian. President Dwight D. Eisenhower that year...Full Story
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