The Homophobic History of the Post Office
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.
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Vox, May 28, 2014
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Johnson, David K., "The Homophobic History of the Post Office" (2014). History Faculty Publications. 247.