LGBTQ History Moment:
The 1953 Executive Order 10450 issued by President Eisenhower - banned LGBTQ people from working for the federal government, stating they were a “security risk.” This order stayed in place until "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted in 1993.
LGBTQ people, freely called "perverts" at the time, were considered a threat to national security because their "immoral" lifestyle left them susceptible to blackmail by foreign agents.
“It is the opinion of this subcommittee that those who
engage in acts of homosexuality and other perverted sex activities are unsuitable for employment in the Federal government.” --from the report “Employment of Homosexuals and other Sex Perverts in the Government," 1950
Also known as the Lavender Scare, suspicions of homosexuality led to between 7,000 and 10,000 workers losing their jobs; it drove many to suicide and cemented homophobic stereotypes that continue to persist today.
@americansunited is proud to support the #equalityact, a landmark civil rights bill that would explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity while making it clear that religious freedom cannot be misused to justify discrimination. 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
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