Title

The Homophobic History of the Post Office

Document Type

Interview

Publication Date

5-28-2014

Abstract

Last week, the US Postal Service unveiled a stamp in remembrance of early LGBT rights crusader Harvey Milk. University of South Florida historian and author David Johnson knew how big of a step this was for the Postal Service — an agency whose predecessor, the US Post Office, in the 1950s and 1960s enforced very strict anti-gay obscenity laws. I talked with Johnson, author of The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government, by phone about the Post Office's anti-gay past. Our conversation, edited for length and clarity, follows.

Comments

Interviewer: German Lopez, Vox

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Vox, May 28, 2014

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