Documentary film screening: The Lavender Scare & Scenes from "Perfect Arrangement"


Monday, October 23, 2017
7:30pm - 9:00pm

2017-10-23 19:30:00 2017-10-23 21:00:00 UTC Documentary film screening: The Lavender Scare & Scenes from "Perfect Arrangement" Auditorium at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library


Event Description

With the United States gripped in the panic of the 1950s Cold War, President Dwight D. Eisenhower deems homosexuals to be “security risks” and vows to rid the federal government of all employees discovered to be gay or lesbian. Tens of thousands lose their jobs. But the mass firings have an unintended effect: they stir outrage in the gay community and thrust an unlikely hero into the forefront of the LGBTQ rights movement. In addition to illuminating a little-known chapter of American history, The Lavender Scare is a timely reminder of the value of vigilance and social action when civil liberties are under attack. Watch the trailer here.

Join us for Josh Howard's 2017 documentary, with a Q&A with Mr. Howard and Jen Stotka, who is interviewed in the film. Raleigh Little Theatre will also present scenes from "Perfect Arrangement" by Topher Payne, which is based on the same source material and opens on Friday, October 27. More details on the production are here.

Contact Information

Marian Fragola

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.

Other Information

This program is a co-presentation of the NCSU Libraries and Raleigh Little Theatre.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

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