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Gay bashing

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  • 1. Gay Bashing: “The Lavender Scare” 1A AP Language- A4 Broom
  • 2. Background <ul><li>Began during McCarthy’s Red Scare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Included firing, red-listing, and ousting of anyone who didn’t fit the “straight” guidelines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Many people fired who were gay or possessed “signs” of homosexuality </li></ul><ul><li>Homosexuality= Mental illness </li></ul>
  • 3. Why? <ul><li>Began with Red Scare and consisted of the ousting of any homosexuals (usually men) from government positions </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible people: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Senator McCarthy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tirades against &quot;Communists and queers&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most Important: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kenneth Wherry and Clyde Hoey </li></ul></ul></ul>
  • 4. Witch Hunt! <ul><li>Huntees: anyone even remotely considered gay or homosexual </li></ul><ul><li>Hunters: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>President Eisenhower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Gave mandate in 1953 that “sexual perverts” were to be fired from federal jobs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wherry and Hoey </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Witch Hunt! (Continued) <ul><li>Scapegoats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Usually bachelors or “manly” women </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public’s reaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gay and Lesbian movement started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Media encouraged discrimination </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Public Opinion <ul><li>Then: Homosexuality was always frowned upon, but homophobia was heightened in the 1940s and 50s </li></ul><ul><li>No end to the witch hunt, yet </li></ul><ul><li>Gay’s still face persecution everywhere they turn </li></ul>
  • 7. Gay Bashing Today <ul><li>Proposition 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Gays illegal in the military </li></ul><ul><li>Milk and Brokeback Mountain </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Criticized for showing homosexuality in a positive light </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phrases like “that’s gay”, “faggot”, etc. very prevalent </li></ul>
  • 8. Connection to Crucible and Red Scare <ul><li>Very similar in 1940s and 50s </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If people were accused of being gay, it was assumed that they were and the person was discriminated against </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today the movement to prevent discrimination is larger than ever, but bashing is still a part of society </li></ul>
  • 9. Accused <ul><li>In The Crucible, those low in society or generally not liked were accused </li></ul><ul><li>Today: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Feminine” and/ or stylish males; males in art and theatre; male hairdressers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Butch” females; females dressing in male clothes; athletic females </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Public Reaction <ul><li>In The Crucible, the public fed the flame of the witch hunt </li></ul><ul><li>Today many are trying to equalize gays and lesbians </li></ul><ul><li>Movement and laws to stop gay bashing </li></ul>
  • 11. Sources <ul><li>http://www.workers.org/2005/us/ lgbtseries _0224/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. squidoo .com/catroof104 </li></ul><ul><li>http:// cowboyfrank .net/archive/ ComingOut /02. htm </li></ul><ul><li>http:// hubpages .com/hub/Gay-Bashing-on-the-Rise </li></ul><ul><li>http://1. bp . blogspot .com/_bK49Ip0Bo9M/SiqQg8el0II/AAAAAAAAC5U/O0- YiSdWBss /s200/homosexuals. jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. boxturtlebulletin .com/ btb / wp -content/uploads/2008/04/ mccarthy . jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www. bostonspiritmagazine .com/home/2010/1/15/life-in-the-punch-bowl.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slhs.net/200210121142512170/lib/200210121142512170/homophobia.png </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.illawarraqinfo.com/USERIMAGES/glbt.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://seriesandtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/glee-spoiler-kurt-boyfriend-football-team.jpg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.thatgaymagazine.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/miami_gay_pride_rainbow_flag_2.jpg </li></ul>

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