A film by Josh Howard based on the book by David K. Johnson. The Lavender Scare is a documentary film about the U.S. government's relentless campaign in the 1950s and '60s to hunt down and fire every government employee suspected of being gay or lesbian. In what became the longest and most intense witch hunt in American history, thousands of gay men and women lost their jobs. Some lost their lives. Until finally, a courageous few fought back.