…US Government because both were considered security risks due to their presumed mental instability. Cohn was ruthless in his prosecution of government workers and other public figures who were suspected to be gay. It’s unknown how many people lost their jobs or were bullied into silence, but possibly thousands.
The effects of this so-called pink scare lasted all the way through the 1980s, at least in the military, where I had to lie about my sexual orientationon on a polygraph test in order to maintain my security clearance.
I did not do well on the test, but I managed to keep my job. The stress was unbelievable. I actually sat under hot lights while two FBI agents fired questions at me.
I’m not even 60 yet, so this isn’t even approaching ancient history.