The Lavender Scare

Captain Joan Cassidy

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Joan Cassidy, a retired captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, recalls the tactics used by investigators to interrogate suspected lesbians. “They said, ‘We have your friend in the next room, she’s already told us you are gay. You give us the names of others and we’ll go easier on you.’” Throughout her career, Capt. Cassidy says she lived in fear she would be discovered to be a lesbian.

Aired: 06/18/19

Rating: TV-PG

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