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LGBT Issues in Records at the National Archives

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)   Records at the National Archives

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Records

Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people have served in the federal civil service at least since the mid-19th century. Walt Whitman is the most notable example.

Beginning in the late 1940s and lasting into the 1970s, however, the federal government made a concerted effort to purge the civil service of gay men and lesbians. The holdings of the National Archives are a rich source of material on this development, commonly referred to as the Lavender Scare.

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